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In early 1461 a seventeen year old boy won a battle on a freezing morning in the Welsh marches and claimed the crown of England as Edward IV first king of the usurping house of York It was a time when old certainties had been shredded by popular insurgency economic crisis feuding and a corrupt bankrupt government presided over by the imbecilic Lancastrian King Henry VI The country was in need of a new hero Magnetic narcissistic Edward found himself on the throne and alongside him his t. Although this claims to casts the War of the Roses in a fresh light I m not convinced that it does which doesn t detract from the story at all but I m not sure there s anything new here Penn s intent of focusing on the three York brothers Edward George and Richard becomes skewed as Edward doesn t die till close to the end of the book and only the final 15% or so concentrates on Richard s power grab as Penn would likely say Clarence has his moment in the middle of the book as we d expectThis is definitely a cross over book it s written with an eye on a generalist audience and uses familiar and studiedly unacademic language as the leader of a power bloc with the Yorkists positioning

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Wo younger brothers the unstable petulant George Duke of Clarence and the boy who would emerge from his shadow Richard Duke of GloucesterCharismatic able and ambitious the brothers would become the figureheads of a spectacular ruling dynasty one that laid the foundations for a renewal of English royal power Yet a web of grudges and resentments grew between them generating a destructive seuence of conspiracy rebellion deposition fratricide usurpation and regicide The house of York's bru. For a vast proportion of my life I was convinced that I felt nothing but total contempt and disinterest when it came to the topic of history and as a conseuence avoided it But this book has reignited my love of history and focuses solely on the House of York and the fact that it managed to destroy itself from the inside out This is a complex and compulsively readable political thriller and manages to tell the story of the House of York and its eventual downfall in a very engaging fashion uite how Mr Penn achieves the perfect balance between information and drama is beyond me An astonishing feat of writing It doesn t take long before you are as gripped as you would be with a superb ficti

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Tal end came on 22August 1485 at Bosworth Field with the death of the youngest brother now Richard III at the hands of a new usurper Henry Tudor Brothers York is the story of three remarkable brothers two of whom were crowned kings of England and the other an heir presumptive whose antagonism was fuelled by the mistrust and vendettas of the age that brought their family to power The house of York should have been the dynasty that the Tudors became Its tragedy was that it devoured itsel. For some reason I expected this to be Historical Fiction but it turned out to be History It s about the Wars of the Roses and the Brothers from the York dynasty who might have filled the place that the Tudor family does in history instead if it hadn t been for in fightingThere are long chapters with just the occasional line break As such it took me uite a long time to read it in small increments It was also just a bit dry but the subject is interesting and kept my attention I found it amazing how England came so close to having a very different historyOverall I really enjoyed the book and it filled in a big gap in the my knowledge of history I do prefer historical accounts that tell the

  • Hardcover
  • 688
  • The Brothers York
  • Thomas Penn
  • English
  • 08 September 2017
  • 9781846146909

10 thoughts on “The Brothers York

  1. says:

    My thanks to Simon and Schuster and NetgalleyI nearly didn't leave a review for this I will confess that I hate when I do that Truth is that I h

  2. says:

    The book starts in the year 1461 with the rivalry between the Houses of York and Lancaster rumbling on in the ‘Wars of

  3. says:

    Although this claims to 'casts the War of the Roses in a fresh light' I'm not convinced that it does which doesn't detract from the story at all but I'm not sure there's anything new here Penn's intent of focusing on the three York brothers Edward George and Richard becomes skewed as Edward doesn't die till close to the en

  4. says:

    For a vast proportion of my life I was convinced that I felt nothing but total contempt and disinterest when it came to the topic of history and as a conseuence avoided it But this book has reignited my love of history and focuses solely on the House of York and the fact that it managed to destroy itself from the inside out This is a complex and compulsively readable political thriller and manages to tell the story of

  5. says:

    I received a copy of this book via the authorpublishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a really expansive in depth look at the rise and fall of both Kind Edward IV and his brother King Richard III as well as some commentary around the history revolving the 'Princes in the Tower' and what could ha

  6. says:

    I blame the parentsPenn starts this history of the three York brothers with the background story of the weak King Henry VI surrounded by venal lords and constantly threatened by Richard Duke of York father of the three brothers who had a competing claim to the throne through the female line He then takes us in a linear fas

  7. says:

    thanks to netgalley and the publishers for a free copy in return for an open honest reviewThis book is uite detailed in looking at the house of York from Richard through Edward IV and his siblings Clarence and Richard III and how the house impl

  8. says:

    I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a fantastic read although it covered area that

  9. says:

    For some reason I expected this to be Historical Fiction but it turned out to be History It's about the Wars of the Roses and the Brothers from the York dynasty who might have filled the place that the Tudor family does in history instead if it hadn't been for in fightingThere are long chapters with just the occasional line break As such it took me uite a long time to read it in small increments It was also just a bit dr

  10. says:

    The saying goes something like You can choose your friends but you can't choose your family There seems to have been little to choose between them in this sweeping history of the three York brothers Edward IV George Duke of Clarence and Richard III Brother against brother friend against friend loyalty was ever changing depending upon which way the political wind was blowing and this well researched book shows just how insecure

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