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Winter King by Thomas Penn
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Feb 29, 2012

really liked it
Read from February 28 to 29, 2012

Underestimating Henry VII is almost always a mistake--and not just if you're Richard III. He may have had even less charisma than he did royal blood, but, historian Penn argues, the man known as Henry Tudor ended not only the reign of Richard III and the Wars of the Roses, but also England's Medieval period--inventing modern systems of financing and government. At the same time, Tudor was controlling, paranoid (with good reason, Penn asserts) and unscrupulous. In fact, the author writes, Tudor's reign was such an "uncomfortable" topic that Shakespeare never wrote a play about him. It's a balanced, thoughtful portrait, and a welcome addition to a field crowded with half-baked new theories and attention-seeking "discoveries." A must for those fascinated with things Tudor and Plantagenet.
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