Press Release: The Last White Rose

The Last White Rose

Desmond Seward

With a new foreword by the author

‘Gripping and enthralling … no writer of fiction, however imaginative, could dream up more spellbinding plots than what actually happened, so skilfully recounted here’

robert hutchinson


The Folio Society is proud to publish a new edition of Desmond Seward’s sequel to the best-selling The Wars of the Roses, in which he reveals the secret conflict that continued throughout the reigns of both Henry VII and Henry VIII.

Contrary to popular belief, the Wars of the Roses did not end in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth. While the country reeled from the unexpected defeat of Richard III, Henry Tudor attempted to unify the two rival branches of the House of Plantagenet by marrying Elizabeth of York, intending to nullify the threat of the White Rose while LSR3silencing doubts regarding the Tudor claim. However, in this engrossing account, Desmond Seward reveals how the war against the White Rose continued in secret, seeding insecurity, fear and paranoia behind the Tudor facade of stability, magnificence and power.

Desmond Seward’s engaging style brings to life all the characters that make the Tudor period one of the most fascinating in English history: Richard de la Pole, Margaret of York, the Lady Mary, Thomas Cromwell, Cardinal Wolsey – all men and women with hidden and not-so-hidden agendas. In his new foreword, Seward details how the elaborate spy network created to deal with the Plantagenet threat was eventually refined into a tool for imposing a religious revolution.

Also included are 12 pages of illuminating colour plates of the key characters, including Holbein’s imposing painting of Henry VIII and a pensive portrait of Margaret of York, Richard III’s sister. The binding has been designed in series with The Wars of the Roses.

Product information
Quarter-bound in buckram with Modigliani paper sides, printed with a design by the artist. Set in Haarlemmer. 384 pages. 8 full-page colour illustrations. 9½” x 6¼”. Blocked slipcase.

UK £34.95 US $57.95 Can $72.95 Aus $72.95


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