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The Brothers York: An English Tragedy - Thomas Penn

The Brothers York: An English Tragedy - Thomas Penn

Title: The Brothers York

Signed first edition, first printing

Author:  Thomas Penn

ISBN:  9781846146909

Weight:  990 g

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The Brothers York - Thomas Penn

It is 1461 and England is crippled by civil war.  One freezing morning, a teenage boy wins a battle in the Welsh marches, and claims the crown.  He is Edward IV, first king of the usurping house of York...

Thomas Penn’s brilliant new telling of the wars of the roses takes us inside a conflict that fractured the nation for more than three decades.  During this time, the house of York came to dominate England.  At its heart were three charismatic brothers – Edward, George and Richard – who became the figureheads of a spectacular ruling dynasty.  Together, they looked invincible.

But with Edward’s ascendancy the brothers began to turn on one another, unleashing a catastrophic chain of rebellion, vendetta, fratricide, usurpation and regicide.  The brutal end came at Bosworth Field in 1485, with the death of the youngest, then Richard III, at the hands of a new usurper, Henry Tudor.

The story of a warring family unable to sustain its influence and power, The Brothers York brings to life a dynasty that could have been as magnificent as the Tudors.  Its tragedy was that, in the space of one generation, it destroyed itself.

Peer & Press Reviews

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

Peppered with delightful, telling anecdotes and details.  Some are comical and others grisly, but all breathe life into their subject…  Perhaps the greatest strength of Penn’s entertaining book is his understanding of the warping effects of European affairs on English domestic stability.

Dan Jones, Sunday Times

An immense, sinewy political thriller.  Thomas Penn has the enviable skill of presenting hard research with a light touch.  The Brothers York is savage, exciting, blisteringly good.

Jessie Childs, author of God’s Traitors

Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Brothers York
SubtitleAn English Tragedy
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition features

The main body of the book is 572 pages, which includes the epilogue, and two 8-page sections of colour illustrations.

The front matter has an additional 17 pages:

Contents [2]
List of Illustrations [4]
Maps [3]
Family Tree [2]
Notes on the Text [1]
Introduction [5]

The back matter has a further 84 pages:

Acknowledgements [2]
Notes [30]
Bibliography [32]
Index [20]

Jacket noteOn the front of the jacket is a ‘signed copy’ sticker (see image).  As the paper used for the jacket has a treated finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Book Stats
PublisherPenguin Books
ImprintAllen Lane
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 139781846146909
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Pages572 [main body]
Size (h x w x d)241 x 164 x 45mm
Packed weight1.526kg [very heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photographSuki Dhanda
Jacket designPenguin Press Art Dept
Jacket image© British Library Board / Bridgeman Images

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