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The Last White Rose

by Seward , Desmond

n 1485, the English crown was won in the battle of Bosworth Field, ending the Wars of the Roses which had ravaged the whole of England during the 15th century. The Tudors had gained the throne but their hold on power would always be precarious. As long as the Yorkist faction remained, Henry VII and Henry VIII would never be safe. The Tudor dynasty was anything but a period of security and the spectre of the White Rose haunted their reigns.

In The Last White Rose, highly acclaimed historian Desmond Seward, explores the world of plots, conspiracies and pretenders that threatened the crown and affected the course of English history. The narrative include the rise and desperate fall of Perkin Warback, the first White Rose pretender, Edmund de la Pole, recognised by the French as the true King of England, his younger brother, Richard, a mercenary who was funded by Paris to invade England on two occasions as well as a host of descendents including the Dukes and Earls of Buckingham, Exeter, Montague, Surrey and Norfolk.

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" …lively and readable new study…Seward, an accomplished popular historian with a strong track record in the later medieval period quite rightly wants to remind us that it was no foregone conclusion that the sixteenth century would be that of the Tudors…The Last White Rose is an entertaining and valuable exploration of a subject too often marginalized in histories of the early Tudor period."


Reviews: Literary Review

"This is a well-written book that brings life to a complex era when war, religion and dynastic politics created a tortured web of intrigue, which any reader will appreciate."


Reviews: Military Illustrated

"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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