The Last White Rose: Fear and Paranoia in the Tudor court
Desmond Seward

The Last White Rose: Fear and Paranoia in the Tudor court

In 1485, the English crown was won in the battle of Bosworth Field, ending the Wars of the Roses which had ravaged the whole of England during the 15th century. The Tudors had gained the throne but their hold on power would always be precarious. As long as the Yorkist faction remained, Henry VII and Henry VIII would never be safe. The Tudor dynasty was anything but a period of security and the spectre of the White Rose haunted their reigns.

In The Last White Rose, highly acclaimed historian Desmond Seward, explores the world of plots, conspiracies and pretenders that threatened the crown and affected the course of English history. The narrative include the rise and desperate fall of Perkin Warback, the first White Rose pretender, Edmund de la Pole, recognised by the French as the true King of England, his younger brother, Richard, a mercenary who was funded by Paris to invade England on two occasions as well as a host of descendents including the Dukes and Earls of Buckingham, Exeter, Montague, Surrey and Norfolk.

Book Details:

  • Author: Desmond Seward
  • Published Year: 2009
  • Rights Sold
    • UK: Constable
    • US: Pegasus
    • China: The Commercial Press Ltd

Desmond Seward

Desmond Seward was born in Paris and educated at Ampleforth and St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He is the author of many books including The Monks of War: The Military Religious Orders, The Hundred Years War, The Wars of the Roses, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry V as Warlord, Josephus, Masada and the Fall of Judaea (da Capo, US, April 2009), Wings over the Desert: in action with an RFC pilot in Palestine 1916-18 (Haynes Military, July 2009) and Old Puglia: A Portrait of South Eastern Italy (Haus August 2009). Forthcoming is The Last White Rose: the Spectre at the Tudor Court 1485-1547 (C...
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Book Reviews

  • "  …lively and readable new study…Seward, an accomplished popular historian with a strong track record in the later medieval period quite rightly wants to remind us that it was no foregone conclusion that the sixteenth century would be that of the Tudors…The Last White Rose is an entertaining and valuable exploration of a subject too often marginalized in histories of the early Tudor period."
    Literary Review
  • "The Last White Rose is history as it should be written: without hindsight or embellishment, but with erudition and a sense of immediacy that makes it a gripping and original read."
    Jessie Childs, author of Henry VIII�s Last Victim
  • "A vivid and compelling account of a neglected aspect of Tudor history."
    Linda Porter, author of Katherine Parr
  • "Gripping and enthralling . . . no writer of fiction, however imaginative, could dream up more spell binding plots than what actually happened, so skilfully recounted here."
    Robert Hutchinson, The Last Days of Henry VIII
  • "A worthwhile addition."
    The Field
  • "This powerful and impassioned book."
    The Tablet
  • "This is a well-written book that brings life to a complex era when war, religion and dynastic politics created a tortured web of intrigue, which any reader will appreciate."
    Military Illustrated
  • "Seward shines a revealing light across the landscape of Tudor politics."
    Helen Castor, Times Literary Supplement
  • "A thoroughly enjoyable addition to and Tudor library."
    Leanda de Lisle, History Today
  • "British historian Seward’s long-awaited sequel to his critically acclaimed 1995 history of late medieval England, The Wars of the Roses and the Lives of Five Men and Women in the Fifteenth Century, is an intriguing addition to the growing body of revisionist Tudor history.... Seward delivers a scholarly yet engaging account of an era that continues to fascinate "
    Publishers Weekly
  • "A fresh look at a well-worn field of study, appropriate for general readers. "
    Kirkus
  • "In command of sources, Seward ably meets the unflagging popular interest in the Tudors. "
    Booklist