Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Last White Rose by Desmond Seward

The Last White Rose: The Secret Wars of the Tudors by Desmond Seward --- 413 pages including chronology, notes, bibliography and index.

Another history of the War of the Roses, but one that starts where most histories of that war end, at Bosworth Field, when Henry Tudor triumphed over Richard III. But although Henry ruled as Henry VII, the first of five Tudor monarchs, Seward says he never sat easy on the throne, nor did his successors, so long as a Yorkist claimant to the crown (even the ones who were imposters) survived.

Seward's sympathies are clearly with York, and he provides an interesting alternative viewpoint on the two Henrys and their reigns, and the troubles they mostly brought upon themselves, in Seward's view, as usurpers and tyrants tormented by guilty consciences.

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