The Brothers York: An English Tragedy

The Brothers York: An English Tragedy

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 two younger brothers: the unstable, petulant George, Duke of Clarence, and the boy who would emerge from his shadow, Richard, Duke of Gloucester.

Charismatic, 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 sequence of conspiracy, rebellion, deposition, fratricide, usurpation and regicide. The house of York's brutal 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 itself.

Title:The Brothers York: An English Tragedy
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781846146909
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  • Lisa

    My thanks to Simon and Schuster, and Netgalley.I nearly didn't leave a review for this. I will confess that I hate when I do that! Truth is that I had a difficult time with this. It's not the author, ...

  • Ceecee

    The book starts in the year 1461 with the rivalry between the Houses of York and Lancaster rumbling on in the ‘Wars of the Roses’. Currently, Lancastrians are ascendant with Henry VI as king but h...

  • Roman Clodia

    Although this claims to 'cast[s] 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...

  • Lou

    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 consequence avoided it. But this book has reignit...

  • Aoife

    I received a copy of this book via the author/publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This was a really expansive in-depth look at the rise and fall of both Kind Edward IV and his br...

  • Leah

    I blame the parents...Penn 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 Y...

  • Stephen

    thanks to netgalley and the publishers for a free copy in return for an open honest review.This book is quite detailed in looking at the house of York from Richard through Edward IV and his siblings C...

  • Lora Milton

    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 ...

  • Caidyn (he/him/his)

    I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!This was a fantastic read, although it covered area that I'm very familiar with. Instead of balancing the Lancastrian kings like mo...

  • Melisende

    Penn's narrative begins with the rise and Edward IV and his ascendancy over Henry VI in claiming the throne of England (1461), first sought by Edward's father Richard, Duke of York (1460). For those w...