Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England

Winter King Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England It was England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy violence murders coups and countercoups Through luck guile and ruthlessness Henry VII the first of the Tudor kings had clambered t

  • Title: Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England
  • Author: Thomas Penn
  • ISBN: 9781439191569
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It was 1501 England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy, violence, murders, coups and countercoups Through luck, guile and ruthlessness, Henry VII, the first of the Tudor kings, had clambered to the top of the heap a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England s throne For many he remained a usurper, a false king.But Henry had a crucial asset his queen and their chIt was 1501 England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy, violence, murders, coups and countercoups Through luck, guile and ruthlessness, Henry VII, the first of the Tudor kings, had clambered to the top of the heap a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England s throne For many he remained a usurper, a false king.But Henry had a crucial asset his queen and their children, the living embodiment of his hoped for dynasty Queen Elizabeth was a member of the House of York Henry himself was from the House of Lancaster, so between them they united the warring parties that had fought the bloody century long War of the Roses Now their older son, Arthur, was about to marry a Spanish princess On a cold November day sixteen year old Catherine of Aragon arrived in London for a wedding that would mark a triumphal moment in Henry s reign.In this remarkable book, Thomas Penn re creates the story of the tragic, magnetic Henry VII a controlling, paranoid, avaricious monarch who was entering the most perilous years of his long reign.Rich with drama and insight, Winter King is an astonishing story of pageantry, treachery, intrigue and incident and the fraught, dangerous birth of Tudor England.

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    1. Quite ambitious in nature, Thomas Penn attempts to write a portrait of Henry VII and his reign. Why is this ambitious? 1) The number of books on Henry VII can basically be counted on one hand 2) This is Penn’s first book. To say the least, “Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England” is quite an interesting read…Initially, Penn’s writing is slightly disorganized, disjointed, and lacking a strong cohesive bond. “Winter King” doesn’t follow the traditional (centralized) h [...]

    2. After reading Thomas Penn's Tudor England oeuvre (aka this book), I am now substantially less impressed by the imagination of George R.R. Martin because *Holy Toledo Batman* this stuff like really happened! Having been MIA from the Land of Reads and Reviews for a while, I'm admittedly not writing this book the review it deserves (a theme which, alas, will likely become the chorus of my next few updates). That being said, I really think you should read it because this sh*t be crazy! 4.5/5 stars ( [...]

    3. Thomas Penn’s Winter King in a brilliant mash-up of gothic horror and political biography.David Starkey once declared Henry VII ‘boring’. But in writing his magnus opus on the supposedly more interesting Henry VIII he got so caught up in the drama of Henry VII’s court that Henry VIII is now largely being relegated to volume two of his own biography. The first Tudor King had no legitimate English royal blood and no legal right to the throne. His father was the product of a scandalous marr [...]

    4. Henry VII is usually treated as a charmless and thrifty prelude to the big reign of Henry VIII, with the inevitable marriage of Henry and Catherine of Aragon, and the reversal of his father's bully policies for a golden age of chivalry and, you know, all the crazy shit Henry VIII was about to do. For inheriting an unstable throne, holding it for 25 year and leaving England relatively stable, Henry VII deserves his own biography and a lot more credit. Much of the ruthless machinery of control was [...]

    5. I found this really interesting, but I’m a history nut. After Wolf Hall, I wanted to find out about Henry VII, the lesser-studied father of Henry VIII, who founded the Tudor Dynasty. The author does a good job drawing on his sources and bringing the characters to life while staying true to the history, but the subject matter is just not inherently as ‘sexy’ as Henry VIII’s or Elizabeth I’s reigns. Henry VII comes across as a talented micromanager and financier. He made huge gobs of mon [...]

    6. I was disappointed by this – it was decent but I think it was somewhat overhyped. Having seen it pop up in a lot of papers' Books of the Year lists, I think I was expecting something altogether more gripping and dramatic, but in the end I thought the story of Henry VII and the Tudor succession was just not an especially thrilling tale. Henry himself was clearly a distant figure who governed through his ministers, but this means that it's quite hard to get much of a sense of his character from [...]

    7. Shakespeare Lied1 August 2017 Everywhere where this book is concerned there are statements about how it won all these awards, and how wonderful it is as a history book, yet I found it on the clearance table at a bookshop I was exploring in inner city Sydney. Normally I wouldn't have purchased it, but it grabbed my attention, and a part of me actually thought it was about Richard III. Actually, maybe I bought it because it was about Henry VII and then promptly forgot, but I do know that I didn't [...]

    8. this was well-written and i love henry vii for how he managed to a) get the throne of england and b) keep it and make the crown so solvent after the devastating years of the Wars of the Roses, but i can't help but think that a lot of this was rather dry. of course, a large proportion of my opinion is probably due to the fact that i knew a lot about henry vii already, and Penn tried to create quite a thrilling/mysterious feel, which is all well and good if you don't already know how everything pl [...]

    9. Thomas Penn's Winter King is not really a biography of Henry VII, and more a study of what he was directing his government to do in his name. (We certainly can, and do, decide what sort of king Henry was based on what he had his government get up to, however.)For a further review: susannagoklikes/post/67 .

    10. I have to admit to being a history geek. For me, history is alive and energizing - not something static and remote. My obsession is European history from the 12th through 17th centuries - especially British history - so of course, when I was offered the chance to review this book, my interest was piqued immediately.I had not read too terribly much about Henry VII in the past and, with this book, Thomas Penn, brings this most important of English monarch to life in a very enjoyable fashion. There [...]

    11. This was excellent. Well written and really interesting about an often ignored king. I had an idea Henry VII was a force for stability; in fact he was a terrifying kleptocrat, abusing the law with arbitrary fines and imprisonment, scheming to effectively steal entire estates and wring every penny out of subjects as well as impose political control through financial means. The parts on how he abused his position and the law to enrich himself while an entire nation watched helplessly are, frankly, [...]

    12. There are an awful lot of books written about the Tudor era, both fiction and non-fiction, so you have to ask whether this book adds anything new. I am glad to say that I think it does, for it concentrates on the reign, and court, of Henry VII, giving a different slant to the well known story. Henry VII ruled from 1485-1509 and had a dubious claim on the throne, spending most of his time before the famous Battle of Bosworth Field in exile and gaining credibility from his marriage to Elizabeth of [...]

    13. Interesting look at the founder of the Tudor dynesty. I thought the book was well written, even though a bit dry is spots. Henry was a remarkable man. I thought the way he controled the nobility was fascinating - keeping them in check as well a raising vast sums of money at the same time.The book brings out his successful diplomacy - keeping England out of the various wars in Europe and managing to marry his son to the daughter of one of leading houses in Europe.I thought the look at his relatio [...]

    14. I'm not giving this a star rating because I suspect it's me at fault not the book. I couldn't even stay awake reading this. Seriously, got nudged by my partner when I'd nodded off. Wolf Hall this is not. Wow, it was like being battered by facts without remission for good intentions.

    15. Taken from my full review at reviewseanneboleynfilesWinter King by Thomas Penn is a book on Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty, but it is not a full biography. I just wanted to clear that up before I launch into my review. Henry VII was born in 1457 and ruled England from 1485 to 1509, but this book opens in autumn 1497 and so does not give you all the details of Henry's early life, his rise, his claim to the throne etc. and the Battle of Bosworth is only mentioned in the prologue. That sur [...]

    16. In my never-ending quest to read possibly every single published book on the Tudor monarchy, I spied this little gem a few weeks ago and picked it up. It's difficult to get a handle on Henry VII. Some of it is due to his personality--he played his cards close to the vest, unlike his son--and some of it is due to Tudor spin--they were, after all trying to bolster up the royal credentials for a man who didn't have that many. Overblown prose trumpeting his reign seemed to be the order of the day.Al [...]

    17. The author makes too many judgements which made me ask "How does he know that"; on one occasion he claims to know what Henry 7th "thought". these unproveable assertions put me right off.

    18. Thomas Penn gives an highly insightful account of the reign on Henry Tudor. Masterfully written and well documented. From the beginning of the reign on Henry Tudor, the new king had quite the fight against him. He had to establish his reign, and procure the funds needed for the running of a kingdom. While he works through the beginning of his kingship, he established his right to rule, not through his wife, Elizabeth of York, but by divine right of inheritance. He did not immediately marry her, [...]

    19. While most of us are familiar with Henry VIII and Elizabeth I and we probably have a sense of the Wars of the Roses in England, but how many of us are familiar with Henry VII. He was the founder of the Tudor dynasty, and his marriage to Elizabeth Woodville brought together the too sides that were facing off during the Wars of the Roses (the Lancasters and the Yorks) basically uniting the two houses into a single family.This book takes the opportunity to look at the final 10 years of Henry VII's [...]

    20. The front cover displays a short review by Hilary Mantel, part of which states, "I feel I've been waiting to read this book a long time." My thoughts exactly. There are no shortage of history books that cover the Tudor dynasty. Elizabeth I and Henry VIII have been done to death, whereas the twenty four year reign of Henry VII has remained in the shadows of his son and grand-daughter.'Winter King' shines a bright light on this monarch's government, his ministers, the various threats to the realm [...]

    21. Winter King is an in-depth biography of Henry VII. I found this to be a valuable and well-written resource. It took me a while to get through it because it is so packed with information. It is a book that I will go back to many times.This was not a regurgitation of rumors and myths about Henry VII and Richard III, but a thoughtful and unbiased look at who Henry really was.I was at times confused by the author's tendency to organize by topic rather than chronology. He would state that something h [...]

    22. I don't read a lot of NF because I usually find it to be tedious, but The Winter King certainly wasn't that. There were some sections I had to skim because I didn't feel they were relevant to the storyline, but mostly I was hooked into this very complex King. I'm beginning to wonder if all of the kings beginning with the conquest weren't a little off their rocker in some way. If you are new the era, this wouldn't the first book I would pick up because it does flip flop around a bit in the beginn [...]

    23. 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-dag [...]

    24. I picked this audiobook up because it was narrated by Simon Vance. I wasn't disappointed because, as usual, he did a great job with the narration. This book is a nonfiction look at King Henry the VII. The research was thorough and it was presented well and kept me engaged. I really enjoyed it. I would read more by this author. Sometimes when reading nonfiction of this type, I never know if it is going to be dry and dull or not. This definitely was not that. So 4 stars.

    25. I've been wanting to read this for so long, I have history crush on Henry vii and it's quite strong. This was not exactly what I expected, but it was still interesting and very well written, which was more important since the story itself was much more stationary than any account of Henry's son, or his predecessor, would be. It was also fascinating to see some well known characters who we are familiar with from what followed, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Catherine of Aragon, not to mention a yo [...]

    26. The hybrid rose Like many people, I have always had an interest in perhaps the most famous of all the Kings, Henry VIII. However, prior to reading this book, I really knew nothing about the reign of his father, Henry VII, or indeed of Henry VIII’s early years. This book has helped fill much of that gap in my knowledge. As a non-historian, I wouldn’t pretend to be able to comment on the historical accuracy, but I found the book very well written, the arguments convincing and the whole a [...]

    27. Hot damn. This was superb. For anyone interested in Henry VIII and his legacy this is a must-read. Simply, "The counselors on whom Henry VIII relied to push through his megalomaniac schemes in the following decades were formed in his father's reign." Much of what we think we know of this English history has been filtered through Shakespeare, the Tudor's great PR guru and apologist. Starting with humpbacked and evil Richard III we see Henry VII as the restorer of peace and pater famila of the gre [...]

    28. C2011: I now understand some of the quirks and quiddities relating to the English psyche. Having read this, the horrors of living under a system ruled by one man solely is brought to life. As The Guardian stated “Two themes of his book preside: the permanent vulnerability of Henry's regime, and his ruthless methods of rule.” It also highlights the saying “What goes around, comes around”. Whilst factual in content, this book manages to break down the various political intrigues, personali [...]

    29. This book was a meticulously researched, yet still dishy, look at the life and times of King Henry VII. Mercifully free of invented dialogue and filler, the book still languished a little bit in the middle. The author ultimately seems to agree with popular consensus: The most interesting thing about Henry 7 was his extremely famous second son, Henry 8. Paranoid, nerdy, and neurotic, Henry VII would today be a CFO or compliance officer. Henry VIII would be Kim Kardashian. One of these personae is [...]

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