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The Perfect Prince: Truth and Deception in Renaissance Europe

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In 1491, as Machiavelli advised popes and princes and Leonardo da Vinci astonished the art world, a young man boarded a ship in Portugal bound for Ireland. He would be greeted upon arrival as the rightful heir to the throne of England. The trouble was, England already had a king.

The most intriguing and ambitious pretender in history, this elegant young man was celebrated throughout Europe as the prince he claimed to be: Richard, Duke of York, the younger of the “Princes in the Tower” who were presumed to have been murdered almost a decade earlier. Handsome, well-mannered, and charismatic, he behaved like the perfect prince, and many believed he was one. The greatest European rulers of the age—among them the emperor Maximilian, Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, and Charles VIII of France—used him as a diplomatic pawn to their own advantage. As such, he tormented Henry VII for eight years, attempting to invade England three times. Eventually, defeated and captured, he admitted to being Perkin Warbeck, the son of a common boatman from Flanders. But was this really the truth?

Ann Wroe, a historian and storyteller of the first rank, delves into the secret corners of the late medieval world to explore both the elusive nature of identity and the human propensity for deception. In uncovering the mystery of Perkin Warbeck, Wroe illuminates not only a life but an entire world trembling on the verge of discovery.

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A compelling look at a strange chapter in British history describes the efforts of Perkin Warbeck, the son of a Flanders boatman, to persuade some of the most powerful monarchs of the era that he was the rightful king of England and the repercussions of his masquerade, until his ultimate capture and execution. By the author of Pontius Pilate. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

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Ann Wroe is the author of Pontius Pilate, a finalist for the Samuel Johnson Prize, and A Fool and His Money, the acclaimed story of a scandal in a small French town during the Hundred Years War. She received her doctorate in medieval history from Oxford and is a senior editor at The Economist. She lives in London with her husband and their three sons.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307432476
Subtitle:
Truth and Deception in Renaissance Europe
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Wroe, Ann
Author:
Ann Wroe
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Historical - General
Subject:
History : Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
History : Renaissance
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Renaissance
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Great Britain-Tudor to Stuart Period
Subject:
World History-England Historical Biography
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040914
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
640

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History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance

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Product details 640 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307432476 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A compelling look at a strange chapter in British history describes the efforts of Perkin Warbeck, the son of a Flanders boatman, to persuade some of the most powerful monarchs of the era that he was the rightful king of England and the repercussions of his masquerade, until his ultimate capture and execution. By the author of Pontius Pilate. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Ann Wroe is the author of Pontius Pilate, a finalist for the Samuel Johnson Prize, and A Fool and His Money, the acclaimed story of a scandal in a small French town during the Hundred Years War. She received her doctorate in medieval history from Oxford and is a senior editor at The Economist. She lives in London with her husband and their three sons.

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