The unforgettable story of the turbulent birth of Tudor England, from a sensational young historian.
In his remarkable debut, Penn vividly recreates the dark and turbulent reign of Henry VII. He traces the transformation of a young, vulnerable boy, Prince Henry, into the aggressive teenager who would become Henry VIII, and of Catherine of Aragon, his future queen. And at the book's heart is the tragic, magnetic figure of Henry VII - controlling, paranoid, avaricious, with a Machiavellian charm and will to power.
It is 1501. Henry VII has won the throne of England through luck, guile and ruthlessness. But for many he remains a usurper. Now, his elder son is to marry, in a wedding upon which the fate of the country, and the entire Tudor dynasty, will hang . . .
About the Author
Thomas Penn was born in 1974. He has a PhD in early Tudor history from Clare College, Cambridge. Winter King, his first book, won the HW Fisher Best First Biography Prize.
“ He were a dark prince, and infinitely suspicious, and his times full of secret conspiracies and troubles ”
Sir Francis Bacon
“ A masterpiece. Rich, resonant and utterly compelling ”
Helen Castor, Sunday Telegraph, Books of the Year
“ Gripping . . . brilliant . . . The enigmatic Henry is brought thrillingly to life as one of the most unlikely but tenacious kings ever to wear the English crown ”
Dan Jones, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year
“ Thrilling and sinister ”
Simon Sebag Montefiore, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year
“ Imagine Wolf Hall rewritten by John le Carré . . . gripping . . . a rare achievement ”
Tom Holland, Guardian, Books of the Year