Last White Rose: The Secret Wars of the Tudors

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A brilliant new interpretation of one of the most dramatic periods of British history.The Wars of the Roses didn't end at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Despite the death of Richard III and Henry VII's victory, it continued underground into the following century with plots, pretenders and subterfuge by the ousted white rose faction. In a brand new interpretation of this turning point in history, well known historian Desmond Seward reviews the story of the Tudors' seizure of the throne and shows that for many years they were far from secure. He challenges the way we look at the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII, explaining why there were so many Yorkist pretenders and conspiracies, and why the new dynasty had such difficulty establishing itself.King Richard's nephews, the Earl of Warwick and the little known de la Pole brothers, all had the support of dangerous enemies overseas, while England was split when the lowly Perkin Warbeck skilfully impersonated one of the princes in the tower in order to claim the right to the throne. Warwick's surviving sister Margaret also became the desperate focus of hopes that the White Rose would be reborn. The book also offers a new perspective on why Henry VIII, constantly threatened by treachery, real or imagined, and desperate to secure his power with a male heir, became a tyrant.Praise for Desmond Seward's A Brief History of the War of the Roses:'It is hard to imagine a historian more in command of his subject... The result is history as compelling as any novel' Independent 'This is a splendidly and vividly written book.' Evening StandardA Brief History of the Hundred Years Wars:'A well-written narrative, beautifully illustrated, and which takes into account most recent scholarship. It is also a good read.' Richard Cobb, New Statesman

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Desmond Seward is one of the leading historians of the English Middle Ages. He is the author of A Brief History of the Hundred Years War as well as A Brief History of the Wars of the Roses.

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This is lively history from a colourful age, telling a gripping story all the more vital for it being true. * Herald * A well-written account of a fascinating period. * Contemporary Review * Fans of the period will love this investigation. * Family History Monthly * A worthwhile addition. * The Field * A fluent, well-researched book. * Catholic Herald * The best and richest modern narrative history of the fiercely complex War of the Roses. * Military Times * An entertaining and valuable exploration of the early Tudor period. * Literary Review * Gripping and enthralling . . . no writer of fiction, however imaginative, could dream up more spell binding plots than what actually happened, so skilfully recounted here. -- Robert Hutchinson, The Last Days of Henry VIII A vivid and compelling account of a neglected aspect of Tudor history. -- Linda Porter, author of Katherine Parr The Last White Rose is history as it should be written: without hindsight or embellishment, but with erudition and a sense of immediacy that makes it a gripping and original read. -- Jessie Childs, author of Henry VIII's Last Victim

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