The Brothers York: A Royal Tragedy

Thomas Penn (Author)

Product Details

$35.00  $32.20
Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
June 16, 2020
6.7 X 9.3 X 2.1 inches | 2.1 pounds

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About the Author

Thomas Penn is publishing director at Penguin Books UK. He holds a PhD in medieval history from Clare College, Cambridge University, and writes for The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, and the London Review of Books, among other publications. He is the author of The Brothers York and Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England.


"Superb. . . . The tragedy and brutality of the Wars of the Roses jumps out from every page."--Hilary Mantel "The Financial Times"
"An epic orgy of colour and character."--Leanda de Lisle "The Times (London)"
"Thrilling. . . . [Penn] brings a novelist's verve to his telling of events. . . . Penn's history of betrayal, backstabbing and paranoia strikes notes that still resonate today." --John Gallagher "The Guardian"
"A gripping history . . . brings characters to life as real people." --Simon Sebag Montefiore, BBC History Magazine, Books of the Year "The Guardian"
"The Brothers York is not just a magisterial work of sublime scholarship, it's a pure page-turner. . . . The wonderful thing about Thomas Penn is that he makes some of the most familiar stories in English history feel fresh and exciting."--Amanda Foreman, author of The Duchess "The Guardian"
"Riveting . . . a tremendous storyteller. . . . The tales of the Princes in the Tower have often been told, but rarely with as much wisdom and gusto as this." --Sunday Times (London), Books of the Year "The Guardian"
"Gripping, richly contextualised and meticulously researched . . . a vital corrective to the ongoing, polarising battle over Richard III's legacy."--Sunday Times (London), Books of the Year "The Spectator"
"An exceptionally detailed and absorbing narrative history with a gallantly sustained human touch."--Sunday Times (London), Books of the Year "The Telegraph (UK)"
"Pacy, engrossing and evocative in its details (of feasts and jousts as well as battles and diplomatic skulduggery)."--The Times Literary Supplement "The Telegraph (UK)"
"A gripping, complex and sensational story, told with calm narrative command. It's a story we think we know--but most accounts leave the personnel as frozen as portraits in stained glass. Here, the three York brothers spring to ferocious life, and you need strong nerves to meet them. With insight and skill, Penn cuts through the thickets of history to find the heart of these heartless decades."--Hilary Mantel