By Thomas Penn, published byAllen Lane in 2011, first edition, signed copy.
Winter King tells the unforgettable story of Henry VII's time as King, and the fraught and unstable birth of Tudor England. Rich with incident and drama, filled with wonderfully drawn characters, it is a stunning history of pageantry, surveillance, the thirst for glory - and the first Tudor king. It was 1501. England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy, violence, murders, coups and counter-coups. Henry VII had clambered to the top of the heap - a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England's crown who through luck, guile and ruthlessness had managed to win the throne and stay on it for sixteen years. For many he remained a usurper, a false king. But Henry had a crucial asset: his queen and their children, the living embodiment of his hoped-for dynasty. Now, in what would be the crowning glory of his reign, his elder son would marry a great Spanish princess. On a cold November day this girl, the sixteen-year-old Catherine of Aragon, arrived in London for a wedding upon which the fate of England would hinge.
In very good used condition with very good unclipped dust jacket, bound in blue cloth with silver lettering and red end papers. Signed on title page.