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The book follows on from my biography of Richard III, using contemporary sources to prove his character, and my biographies (the first) of Owen Tudor (Henry's grandfather, who married the widow of Edward IV) and Jasper Tudor Earl of Pembroke and Henry's uncle. Henry's father Edmond, Earl of Richmond, died during the Wars of the Roses, and his survival was ensured by Jasper, the only noble who fought throughout that terrible civil war. The book demonstrated that the Tudors of Anglesey started the Owain Glyndwr War of 1400-1415, with Owain joining that rebellion in its early days. The Tudors of Anglesey carried on fighting the English, with Henry Tudor being their direct descendant, and acclaimed by the Welsh as the mab darogan - son of prophecy - who would reclaim England from the English.

Press reviews have gone AWOL via my 'upgrading' from Windows 10 to 11, but Amazon reviews were positive, except for those who do not believe that Richard III was a known murderer during his reign. Some 5-star examples are:

A well researched and well written book about the least remembered of the Tudor monarchs. I have studied Henry Tudor for years and there were things here that I did not know. Highly recommended. (pip)

This book will please true historians, and upset readers of historical fiction - an excellent account of the most under-rated king in British history, using research developed in Breverton's books on the Tudors, Jasper Tudor and Richard III. It is time for a reassessment of a king wrongfully denigrated by Ricardians, and overshadowed by the deeds of his predecessor Richard and his son Henry VIII. (Rob Burns)

An impressive chunk of a book that leaves no corner unturned in the life and times of Henry Tudor. There are far worse books on the market, and few better. It is an up-to-date account and includes the latest theories on the first Tudor king, overturning modern attempts to unfairly malign this great monarch. (Nathen Amin)

I've read Breverton's Richard 111, Everything You Wanted to Know about the Tudors and Jasper Tudor books and Breverton agrees with all major historians for the last 500 years that Richard 3rd was not blameless regarding Edward V and Prince Richard, that he was believed by all of Edward IV's followers and family to have killed that king's sons, and that the book is a useful antidote to amateur historians and historical novelists seeking an angle to write books. Apropos Henry VII his estimation of Henry VII being England's greatest king can be justified by that king's abilities and a comparison to those who came before and after,in terms of what he achieved for the country. It is difficult to believe hat the one-star criticism from an American reader comes from anyone with any in-depth knowledge of British history. (snowballhistory)

I am fascinated by Tudor history. Most of what we know is about Henry VIII. I wanted to know about his parents and their lives. This book gave me insight and I'm happy I purchased it. (coloring lady USA)

Terry Breverton’s passion for the subject shines through in his much-awaited new book on King Henry VII. I was fascinated by the fresh perspective of this weighty book (at over 400 pages). With a good collection of colour illustrations, this is a ‘must’ for anyone with an interest in the Tudors. Terry has taken the interesting approach of examining Henry’s life through a narrative of where he was at each point in time, and addresses the many errors often repeated about Henry Tudor.

Henry’s path to the throne of England is an amazing story, told with Terry Breverton’s well-informed and engaging style. How could this unassuming man, who had been imprisoned one way or another for most of his twenty-eight years, lead a rebel army to victory at Bosworth? Terry describes Henry as ‘a good man in bad times, always thankful to God for his good fortune and never vengeful.’

I recommend reading this book in conjunction with Terry’s other work, Richard III: The King in the Car Park and his excellent Jasper Tudor: Dynasty Maker (both of which have pride of place on my bookshelf). I have set out to collect every published work I can find on Henry VII and, in my view, this is the definitive account. My only quibble is with Terry’s choice of title, which I completely understand, although readers are likely to agree that while Henry is the most unlikely King of England, he is also one of the most important in British history. (Tony Riches)

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