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Winter King by Thomas Penn
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Reasonably interesting overview of the reign of Henry VII of England. There's a (relatively) brief explanation of Henry's rather tumultuous childhood and his rise to the throne, before Penn really gets into the nitty gritty details during the second half of Henry's reign, focusing on his intricate foreign policy, his increasing use of finance as a means of control over his subjects and, most entertaining to me, the various plots and conspiracies of Henry's enemies. There's a lot of cloak-and-dagger stuff here, something Henry and certain of his counselors seemed especially skilled at, and it was those parts that I particularly enjoyed.
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Reading Progress

August 26, 2012 – Shelved
February 19, 2013 – Started Reading
February 20, 2013 –
17.0% "Harry Seven seems like he has more than a touch of OCD"
February 22, 2013 –
28.0%
February 23, 2013 –
39.0%
February 24, 2013 –
54.0%
February 25, 2013 –
62.0%
February 25, 2013 –
62.0%
February 26, 2013 –
75.0%
February 27, 2013 – Finished Reading
July 4, 2013 – Shelved as: read-in-2013

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message 1: by Jan-Maat (new)

Jan-Maat What's with H.7's OCD!


Matt Brady When planning his son Arthur's wedding to Catherine of Aragon, he'd stay up into the wee hours of the morning obsessively going over every detail of the ceremony. Planners were summoned from their beds so Henry could ask them if the streamers on the trumpets were the right shade of red. Maybe he was just a Bridezilla instead?


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