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message 1: by Joan (new)

Joan Szechtman This has really piqued my interest as I have wanted to learn more about Henry VII. I am a little daunted by the lack of reference to years. Also curious as to how Penn handles Margaret Beaufort's influence and Thomas, Lord Stanley's execution.

message 2: by Samantha (new)

Samantha If Margaret is depicted as the overbearing mother that readers love to hate, Penn sticks to the facts that support it. "Lady Margaret Beaufort was very much hands-on. Adopting the airs and graces of a queen, she was constantly at Elizabeth's shoulder - literally so, walking a mere half-pace behind her . . . her apartments were next to the king's own . . . they shared an interconnecting drawing chamber . . . she altered her signature to 'Margaret R': possibly an abbreviation of 'Richmond', it also looked like the queen's 'Elizabeth Regina'."

As for the Stanleys, this is some excerpts around the time of William Stanley's execution for his part in the Warbeck rebellion. The only related reference I found to Thomas Stanley was a mention of Margaret separating from him around the same time. "Henry was all too aware of the Stanleys' history of changing sides, while their family retinues, who provided his military backbone, tended to arrive late to the party - as indeed they had done and Bosworth and Stoke. . . . Henry's display of wounded astonishment masked the fact that, as both men knew, he had been watching Stanley's retainers for well over a year. . . . The king, hedged about by security, became more distant, more remote. People were increasingly afraid to talk openly, looking over their shoulders, lowering their voices. Henry's relationship with his leading subjects began to change."

message 3: by Joan (new)

Joan Szechtman Very interesting. Margaret Beaufort's behavior is reminiscent of Eleanor of Aquitaine (apologies to Sharon Kay Penman). I just downloaded the Kindle version, although I don't know when I'll be able to read it.

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