Winter King

The Dawn of Tudor England
Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England. 12 CDs. library ed. unabridged.14½ hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781455134434. $81.75; 12 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Henry VII had a childhood on the run and a fragile claim to the crown but ruled England for nearly a quarter-century. The research into the players is intricate and multifaceted, and Penn paints a detailed picture of court life with its insecurity, conspiracy, intrigue, diplomacy, and politics at the highest levels where the stakes were one's head. Europe at the dawn of the 16th century was rife with plots and shifting allegiances that, ultimately, led to Henry VIII's reign. Simon Vance's rich tenor voice and English accent take listeners back to the era.
VERDICT A must-read for any student of British History. ["Penn holds a Ph.D. in medieval history from Clare College, Cambridge University. Not just for diehard historians, as this publisher would be aiming for a broad reach," read the review of the S. & S. hc, LJ 10/15/11.—Ed.]

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