My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Getting the crown is only half of the problem. What do you do once you wear the golden crown with jewels? For Henry VII his goals were to have sons, bring financial stability to England, and avoid war whenever possible. Those are admirable goals for a King in 1483 when he seized the throne at the Battle of Bosworth Field.
But even a merciful King who only used violence when England was threatened, would soon have blood on his hands. What is right for England – and if it benefited the King – that had to be right? But would everyone in England agree? Is there intrigue in every “friend”? And Henry VII spends all 23 years of his reign looking for the next threat, the next uproar, the next expense to his throne. Sometimes, the threat seems as close as his son.
Ms. Plaidy has woven an interesting tale that I’m sure would be a worthy read for our leaders of today. They have a lot to learn from the pale skinned and evil-eyed leader of England.