|About the Book|
IN 1501, ENGLAND HAD BEEN RAVAGED FOR DECADES by conspiracy, coups, and violence. Through luck, guile, and ruthlessness, Henry VII, the first of the Tudor kings, emerged as ruler-but as a fugitive with a flimsy claim to Englands throne, he remained a usurper and false king to many, and his hold on power was precarious.But Henry had a crucial asset: his queen and their children, the living embodiment of his hoped-for dynasty. His marriage to Queen Elizabeth united the houses of Lancaster and York, the warring parties that had fought the bloody century-long Wars of the Roses. Now their older son, Arthur, was about to marry a Spanish princess. On a cold November day sixteen-year-old Catherine of Aragon arrived in London for a wedding that would mark a triumphal moment in Henrys reign. But Henrys plans for his son would not happen-and waiting in the wings was the impetuous younger brother, the future Henry VIII.Rich with drama and insight, Winter King is an astonishing story of pageantry, treachery, intrigue, and incident-and the fraught, dangerous birth of Tudor England.