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Following in the Footsteps of Henry Tudor: A Historical Journey from Pembroke to Bosworth

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The story of Henry Tudor's march to Bosworth and the throne of England began long before the fatal summer of 1485, with his birth in Pembroke Castle. The gigantic fortress where he spent his childhood years lay some 12 miles inland from the spot where Henry was supposed to have landed in Milford Haven when he came to challenge Richard III in August 1485.Henry's landing and ...more
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Published September 4th 2019 by Pen and Sword History
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Donna Maguire

I am a massive fan of the Tudor period and I have devoured many books that cover this era. Living pretty much on the doorstep of the location of the famous battle between King Richard III and Henry Tudor which started the now famous Tudor dynasty I am always intrigued when there is a book released by an unknown author to me.

I thought that the layout of the book was great and I really enjoyed the author’s writing style. He has a really good talent that brou
Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

A good overview of important places in Henry VII's rise to the throne. It starts from birth and takes you through the battle that made him king. It's short but it had a lot of information packed in it. I liked how Carradice used as many primary sources as he could, but also leaned on some other recent authors who have written on this topic. I'd definitely have this on my shelf if I can ever find a cheap copy of it somewhere!
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I read the Kindle edition.

This book is a detailed and comprehensive study of the life of Henry Tudor, who was to become King Henry VII. I have read a great deal about Henry VIII and his marriages and children, but not very much on Henry VII. I was anxious to read more about his history. The book is well documented and pulls from references such as Polydore Vergil (Henry's chronicler), a contemporary of Henry Tudor's. Many treatises of Henry's landing in Wales with his troops were written
Kat Ayres
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t read many non-fiction books. Truth be told, I usually find them boring. This book, however, managed to tell me all about the history of Henry Tudor in a way that actually kept me reading. It’s non-fiction, but engaging. I know a considerable amount about his descendants, but knew next to nothing about the man himself, so I’m glad I got to read this.

Thank you NetGalley and Pen & Sword History for the chance to review this book.
Heidi Malagisi
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the study of history, we tend to look at the beginning and the end of a battle and why they were fought. We rarely pay attention to the march that led to the battle, but when we do, there is a distinct reason why. One particular case is of Henry Tudor’s march to the Battle of Bosworth Field. It is a tale that started from his birth at Pembroke Castle to being an exile and then from an exile to being King of England. The story of how an exile became a king and founded the infamous Tudor dynast ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I first began reading Following in the Footsteps of Henry Tudor – I had a few issues, namely the reader is told ‘Enshrined in British history as the War of the Roses after the emblems of the two houses – the white rose of Lancaster, the red rose of York’ (Kindle Loc 185) this is an error the white rose belongs to York and the red rose is the emblem of the house of Lancaster.

The author also refers repeatedly to Thomas Stanley as Henry’s Father-in-Law whereas he was Henry’s Step-Father.

At on
Amy  McElroy
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Following in the footsteps of Henry Tudor: A historical journey between Pembroke and Bosworth by Phil Carradice

We are all aware that Henry Tudor was the founder of the Tudor dynasty. A dynasty that lasted for 122 years. The Tudors are mostly remembered for Henry VIII and Elizabeth I but how much is known about the life of Henry leading up to the famous Battle of Bosworth?

Carradice succeeds in writing this to read as a novel with excerpts of contemporary evidence thrown in. The evidence is prese
Lou Barber
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
When we think of Tudor times, many of us will think of Henry VIII as the most [in]famous monarch, but the Tudor lineage began with his father Henry VII. In this fascinating book the writer examines primary and secondary sources to draw a portrait of this enigmatic King and his journey to the throne. Henry spent many years in exile as England was embroiled in the Battle of the Roses, and this book charts his childhood and preparation to face the most significant battle of the 15th century against ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are a startling lack of books about Henry VII, so I was pleased to see this one appear on Netgalley. Whilst this is not an intensely long book, it gives the history in a detailed enough way that you feel better informed after reading it and in such a manner that it is not simply a dry, historical account as so many of these books tend to be.

The author does not go deeply into the later politics of Henry VII when he would suffer a lack of support from his people due to taxation and other mat
Jennifer Lynch
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although I have read many books about the Tudors, the life of Henry VII before he became King is often glossed over so I was glad to be given the opportunity to read Following in the Footsteps of Henry Tudor: A Historical Journey from Pembroke to Bosworth. I found this book to be an interesting and well researched look at Henry's life from his departure from Pembroke to escape the clutches of Edward IV, his life in Brittany, his return to Wales and his journey to Bosworth. The writing was engagi ...more
Rebeca Núñez
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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** Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with the digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review **
La verdad es que la historia de los Tudor me resulta fascinante, por lo que desde un comienzo este libro corría con ventaja. La lectura ademas es bastante fácil y amena, el autor logra que prácticamente veamos todo de verdad por los ojos del protagonista. Disfrute de lo que me transmitía sobre los lugares que recorrió, y ya quiero tener la oportunidad de verlos yo misma
Anglophile Bookworm
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
An accurate account of the Wars of the Roses and Henry Tudor's life; from his birth, adolescence and exile to his return and his ascend to the throne after defeating King Richard III on 22 August 1485 (The Battle of Bosworth).

An interesting book for those who would like to know more about the least known of all the Tudor kings and queens, whose reign lasted 24 years and laid the foundations for the most powerful dynasty Britain had ever seen.

Thanks to NetGalley and Pen & Sword History for a cop
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is well researched and looks at the life of the first, and most overlooked Tudor king.
It is written to be easily accessible with fun anecdotes and interesting facts,
If you want a deep scholarly tome then this isn’t for you, but it Is a lively and enjoyable read trip through Henry’s reign.
I was given a ARC by NetGalley, all opinions are my own.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Nice look at his life and the family he was born into. Nice for those who like English or royal history. You are getting a decent amount of information with some primary quotes/information put throughout.
I was interested in this subject as my son had been doing the War of the Roses and the Battle of Bosworth at school. I’d helped him with it, so had already found some information which I didn’t previously know and wanted to know more. This book looked the ideal place to start, and it follows the story of Henry Tudor. It felt like it wasn’t so much a non fiction, but a fiction or story based on true events from how it was written. There were some parts which didn’t interest me, but for the most, ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ebook, history
I enjoyed Carradice's writing style, and I found it easy to follow along with the different acts happening throughout the book, which can often be difficult in many nonfiction historical works. At times I found it hard to put the book down because even though I have already thoroughly studied the time period, Carradice's writing kept me drown into the story. A true sign of a good writer of history for the masses.
While not free from errors, I found that Carradice's work does what many writings
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

An excellent biography of Henry VII, focusing on how he came to be standing with a crown on Bosworth Field and his life in context of the War of the Roses. Great use of primary sources as well as a nuanced look at the other secondary sources.
This is a great addition to any Tudor enthusiast's bookshelf. In this book we are following in the footsteps of Henry VII, first Tudor sovereign. What I liked the most about this book is that the author covered Henry's years in exile in Brittany - these years are usually skipped over in most of his biographies, or just mentioned in passing, so I was very excited to see a whole chapter dedicated to Henry's exile. I highly recommend this book for people interested in Henry, I feel like I know him ...more
Mar 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
"Following in the Footsteps of Henry Tudor" wasn't my favourite biography. The author wasn't all that objective and the first chapter was even written as a fictional account, which didn't really fit into the rest of the book.

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