Henry VII by Sean Cunningham

Henry VII by Sean Cunningham is a biography filled with facts. I’ve enjoyed it a lot, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, unless you are very interested in Henry VII’s reign. The book deals with all his reign, how he ran the government and how he dealt with pretenders to the throne.

Henry VII by Sean Cunningham

One of the most interesting things in this book is that Cunningham compares Henry VII’s reign with Edward IV’s. It offers a comprehensive account of his reign and puts some of his action into perspective, as these are placed in context. Henry is often talked about as he was a new kind of monarch, but many of the ways he managed the government and the nobility started during the reign of his predecessors. He was a very astute man and managed to strengthen his position.

Overall the book offered me a great insight into Henry VII’s reign. Also the book is nicely written and it makes for a easy read. The only drawback is that is heavy with dates, that was great for me as I study history, but it might be a bit too much for someone reading just for pleasure.

Henry VII by Sean Cunningham

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My rating: 4/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: Yes
Published by: Routledge
Year it was published: 2007
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): History – Biography
Pages: 317

About the author: Sean Cunningham is a Principal Records Specialist at The National Archives. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he has published widely on late medieval and early Tudor England.
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1 thought on “Henry VII by Sean Cunningham”

  • I’ve read several fictional accounts of Henry VII and they’ve not always portrayed him in the same manner. I guess, as in dealing with anyone, it depends on the perspective from which opinions are taken.

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