Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England
In his remarkable debut, Penn vividly recreates the dark and turbulent reign of Henry VII. He traces the transformation of a young, vulnerable boy, Prince Henry, into the aggressive teenager who would become Henry VIII, and of Catherine of Aragon, his future queen. And at the book's heart is the tragic, magnetic figure of Henry VII - controlling, paranoid, avaricious, with a Machiavellian charm and will to power.
It is 1501. Henry VII has won the throne of England through luck, guile and ruthlessness. But for many he remains a usurper. Now, his elder son is to marry, in a wedding upon which the fate of the country, and the entire Tudor dynasty, will hang . . .
Thomas Penn was born in 1974. He has a PhD in early Tudor history from Clare College, Cambridge. Winter King, his first book, won the HW Fisher Best First Biography Prize. The Brothers York: An English Tragedy is due to be published in October 2017.