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New Medieval Books: Henry VII and the Tudor Pretenders

Henry VII and the Tudor Pretenders: Simnel, Warbeck and Warwick

By Nathen Amin

Amberley Publishing
ISBN: 978 1 3981 1246 9

A full accounting of the reign of Henry VII, King of England, and the threats to his rule from Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck. This is very much a narrative history, relating the struggle for the English crown between the years 1483 and 1509.


This book aims, for the first time ever in one account, to recount the struggles Henry VII experienced with all three of the pretenders he was forced to contend with during his tumultuous reign – Lambert Simnel, Perkin Warbeck, and Edward of Warbeck. It is a period confused by contradictory sources, an absence of information, and natural skepticism over the various stories spun by both king and pretender. The eminent historian G.M. Trevelyan, however, once wrote that ‘history, in fact, is a matter of rough guessing from all the available facts’, and there still exists a wealth of material from which we can craft some degree of understanding about events that occurred some five hundred years ago. It makes for an enthralling journey through a series of clandestine plots and royal paranoia that engulfed England for over a decade.


Who is this book for?

The rebellions against King Henry VII involving Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck have been covered in many other books, but readers wanting to know more about this interesting episode of English history will find this to be a thorough read. It also gives a good case study of medieval power politics.

The author:

Nathen Amin is a historian, writer and public speaker who focuses on England in the 15th century and the reign of Henry VII. He has penned several other history books. You can learn more about Nathen on his website, or follow him on X/Twitter or Instagram.


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