(From the publisher):
Henry Tudor had triumphed at Bosworth and the crown was his, but no sooner had he ascended the throne than he was plagued by the impostors, Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck. He knew their claims were spurious, but there were two shadowy figures from the past who disturbed his days and gave him sleepless nights. They were the two Princes who had disappeared mysteriously in the Tower. He knew that they could never come to claim the throne; he had good reason to know that they had been murdered and that their bodies lay buried in the Tower. But he could not disclose the reason for his certainty and the ghosts of the little Princes were to haunt him until he found a means of banishing those grisly specters.
When tragedy struck at Ludlow, Henry was plunged into mourning, but there was one who suffered more and this was Katharine, the Spanish Princess, the virgin-widow for whom, after the death of her husband, there was no place at Court. Katharine emerges as a pathetic figure in her threadbare gowns and her impoverished household, desolate and suffering deeply from the callous indifference of the King. Her hope lay in Henry, the new Prince of Wales who, in spite of his youth, was becoming the most dazzling personality of the Court. Handsome, full of vitality, completely self-centered, sentimental, chivalrous -- when being so did not interfere with his desires - beginning to feel the tug of conscience, already casting yearning eyes towards the crown -- this was Prince Henry who was to become King Henry VIII.
Henry VII was fortunate in his marriage to the gentle, docile Elizabeth of York through whom he was able to unite the rival Houses of York and Lancaster; his able statesmen, Empson and Dudley, shared his views for the need of a strong treasury; he was firmly supported and adored by his strong-minded mother, the Countess of Richmond; and he had handsome children who were useful to his ambitious plans.
This King ruled wisely, bringing prosperity to the country; he cherished the crown he had won on Bosworth Field; but from the moment he seized it he learned the bitter lesson that "uneasy lies the head that wears the crown".
Original title: Uneasy Lies the Head
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ The "royals"