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He was more or less encouraged by the Earls of Desmond and Kildare. The facts are ill recorded, but it is safe to presume that intriguers who wished to disturb the government of Henry VII took advantage of a popular delusion, and made use of the lad as a tool. At this time he spoke English badly. By he had become sufficiently notorious to attract the attention of King Henry's government and of foreign sovereigns.

He was in that year summoned to Flanders by Margaret, the widowed Duchess of Burgundy, and sister of Edward IV , who was the main support of the Yorkist exiles, and who was the enemy of Henry VII for family reasons and for personal reasons also, for she wished to extort from him the payment of the balance of her dowry. She found the impostor useful as a means of injuring the King of England. Several European sovereigns were moved to help him by the same kind of reason. The suppositions that he was the son of Clarence or of Richard III were discarded in favour of the more useful hypothesis that he was Richard, Duke of York, the younger of the two sons of Edward IV, murdered in the Tower.

At Vienna he was treated as the lawful King of England. He was naturally the cause of considerable anxiety to the English government, which was well acquainted with his real history, and made attempts to get him seized. His protectors entered into negotiations which in fact turned on the question whether more was to be gained by supporting him, or by giving him up.

An appeal to Isabella, Queen of Castile , met with no response.

In July he was provided with a few ships and men by Maximilian, now Emperor, and he appeared on the coast of Kent. No movement in his favour took place. A few of his followers who landed were cut off, and he went on to Ireland to join the Earl of Desmond in Munster.

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After an unsuccessful attack on Waterford in August, he fled to Scotland. He was helped to make a short inroad into Northumberland, but the intervention of the Spanish government brought about a peace between England and Scotland. In Perkin was sent on his travels again with two or three small vessels, and accompanied by his wife, who had borne him one or two children.

After some obscure adventures in Ireland, he landed at Whitesand Bay, near the Land's End, on the 7th of September, and was joined by a crowd of the country people, who had been recently in revolt against excessive taxation. He advanced to Exeter, but was unable to master the town. On the approach of the royal troops he deserted his followers, and ran for refuge to the sanctuary of Beaulieu in Hampshire. He then surrendered. His wife was kindly treated and placed in the household of Henry's Queen Elizabeth. Perkin was compelled to make two ignominious public confessions at Westminster, and in Cheapside in June On the 23rd of November , he was hanged on a charge of endeavouring to escape from the Tower with the imprisoned Earl of Warwick.

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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, The Perkin Warbeck Conspiracy Alan Sutton Publishing, Ltd. Wroe, Ann. Random House, Earl of Suffolk William de Ufford, 2. Earl of Suffolk William Montacute, E. Earl of Pembroke John Hastings, 2. Warwick John Montacute, 3. Earl of March Roger Mortimer, 4. Duke of Kent Michael de la Pole, E.

Suffolk Hugh de Stafford, 2. Nottingham John Mowbray, 2. Duke of Norfolk Thomas Fitzalan, 5.

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Salisbury Richard Beauchamp, E. The book is written more in the style of Alison Weir than Philippa Gregory. It is well-researched and packed with references to academic texts. If you are looking for an exciting yarn you will be disappointed.

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But, if you want to delve more deeply into the events surrounding the life of Henry VII and his queen you will find a wealth of information. I gave the book 4 stars on this basis. Others marked it down to 2 stars. That would be a fair rating for anyone looking for an action-packed, exciting read. View 1 comment. May 28, Susan Abernethy rated it it was amazing. Nov 14, J. Bryce rated it it was ok Shelves: biography , medieval-history , non-fiction , social-history , abandoned.


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Sorry, Doctor Arthurson, but your book was too dull to hold my interest. But to be fair, it could be that I've been recently overwhelmed with the late Plantagenets and early Tudors and just have grow a little tired of it all. Perish the thought! May 09, Michael Cayley rated it liked it Shelves: history , biography.

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An account of Perkin Warbeck and the attempts to pass him for as Richard, Duke of York, one of the princes in the Tower, and put him on the English throne in place of Henry VII, who had a pretty weak claim to the throne. There is a fascinating up-to-date book to be written about the conspiracy, which drew in an array of European heads of state, but I am afraid this is not it. It gets bogged down in far too much detail, some of it fairly tangential to the main story.

It is more a book for academi An account of Perkin Warbeck and the attempts to pass him for as Richard, Duke of York, one of the princes in the Tower, and put him on the English throne in place of Henry VII, who had a pretty weak claim to the throne. It is more a book for academics than for the general reader, and, almost incredibly, makes the whole affair almost boring.

Jan 30, Elysium rated it it was ok Shelves: books-i-own , historical , non-fiction , wars-of-roses , read-in , medieval. I thinkit was really confusing.


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