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The Last White Rose: The Secret Wars Against The Tudors

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The Last White Rose by Desmond Seward, book reviewThe Last White Rose: The Secret Wars Against The Tudors by Desmond Seward has a very interesting premise. It covers the reigns of Henry VII, the first Tudor monarch, and his son Henry VIII, and focuses on the various pretenders to their throne and the plots against them. While these pretenders (Perkin Warbeck, the Earl of Warwick and Reginald Pole being the most prominent) are often discussed in histories of the Tudors, the prospect of a detailed study of the Tudors from this angle was an intriguing one.

Henry VII came to the throne in 1485, following his victory over Richard III at the battle of Bosworth. He married Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV, and their son became Henry VIII, famed for his six wives and his impressive girth later in life. As Henry VII’s claim to the throne was somewhat shaky, both had to deal with pretenders and plots to overthrow them.


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