2010 NF Release: The Last White Rose: Dynasty, Rebellion and Treason - the Secret Wars Against the Tudors

The Last White Rose: Dynasty, Rebellion and Treason - the Secret Wars Against the Tudors

By Desmond Seward

US & UK Release Date: September 16, 2010

SYNOPSIS: Fear, treachery and rebellion - the secret wars between the Tudors and House of York. 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.




  1. This sounds really interesting. I love reading about the wars of the roses but usually never venture into what happened after Richard III's death. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Another on to add to my ever growing TBR stack. Looks very interesting.

  3. Interesting... just when I thought I'd had enough Wars of the Roses, but this is non-fiction. I'll have to add this one to my wishlist.

  4. My list of must read books keeps growing. This will be added to it.,

  5. Thanks for the heads up on this one! It looks good. I added it to the Tudor Book Blog :)


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