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The rise of the Tudors : the family that changed English history

by Skidmore, Chris, 1981-

Format: Print Book 2015
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Non Fiction 942.04 Skidmore
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Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  942.04 Skidmore

On the morning of August 22, 1485, in fields several miles from Bosworth, two armies faced each other, ready for battle. The might of Richard III's army was pitted against the inferior forces of the upstart pretender to the crown, Henry Tudor, a twenty-eight year old Welshman who had just arrived back on British soil after fourteen years in exile. Yet this was to be a fight to the death--only one man could survive; only one could claim the throne. It would be the end of the War of the Roses.

It would become one of the most legendary battles in English history: the only successful invasion since Hastings, it was the last time a king died on the battlefield. But The Rise Of The Tudors is much more than the account of the dramatic events of that fateful day in August. It is a tale of brutal feuds and deadly civil wars, and the remarkable rise of the Tudor family from obscure Welsh gentry to the throne of England--a story that began sixty years earlier with Owen Tudor's affair withHenry V's widow, Katherine of Valois.
Drawing on eyewitness reports, newly discovered manuscripts and the latest archaeological evidence, including the recent discovery of Richard III's remains, Chris Skidmore vividly recreates this battle-scarred world and the reshaping of British history and the monarchy.

List of illustrations and maps
Map of England, France and Brittany during the Wars of the Roses
Family trees
A note on money and dates
Fortune's wheel
To conquer or die
The rat, the cat and the dog
A confederacy of rebels
The spiral of decline
March to war
Secret friends
The Battle of Bosworth
Our victorious field
Reward, retribution and reconciliation
Bosworth rediscovered.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "British historian Skidmore retells the story of how the Tudor dynasty ascended from obscurity to the throne in late medieval England. It's an incredible tale, made all the more remarkable by the fact that Henry VII became king of England in 1485 as much by accident as by design. The narrative begins 60 years earlier, with the affair between Henry V's young widow, Catherine of Valois, and her servant, Owen Tudor, that produced Edmund Tudor, later the father of Henry VII. While Skidmore examines in depth the elites whose feuds and constantly shifting alliances shaped the course of history, his main emphasis is on Richard III, the last of the Plantagenet kings, whose remains were found beneath a Leicester car park in 2012. The day the Battle of Bosworth was waged is recounted in thorough detail, and Richard emerges as a man of courage, albeit a schemer who had usurped the throne and may have murdered his young nephews, only to be himself betrayed by those he trusted. Skidmore's discussion of the archaeology of Bosworth and his postscript about the forensic evidence leading to the possibility that Richard was executed on the battlefield were particularly illuminating. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Tudor, House of.
Richard -- III, -- King of England, -- 1452-1485.
Henry -- VII, -- King of England, -- 1457-1509.
Bosworth Field, Battle of, England, 1485.
Great Britain -- History -- Wars of the Roses, 1455-1485.
Great Britain -- History -- Richard III, 1483-1485.
Great Britain -- History -- Tudors, 1485-1603.
Publisher New York, N.Y. :2015
Edition First St. Martin's Griffin edition.
Language English
Notes Originally published in Great Britain as Bosworth: the birth of the Tudors by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2013.
Description xxi, 437 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
ISBN 125006144X
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