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Review: Winter King by Thomas Penn

Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England - Thomas Penn

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 happened on a day and I wouldn't be sure what year he was referring to. This is a relatively minor complaint, but with as much as was covered in this book full dates would have been appreciated.


An amazing amount of time and research are evident in this book. It is very well presented and includes exhaustive notes and index