Book Review: Henry – Book Three in the Tudor Trilogy by Tony Riches

Genre: Historical fiction

Publisher: Preseli Press

Pub date: 17 March 2017

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Following the Battle of Bosworth, Henry is determined to ensure his crown is his own and not achieved through marriage to Elizabeth of York. He delays marrying her but when he finally does he falls head over heels. Theirs is such a nice relationship to read about despite the fact they are from opposing factions they unite to create the Tudor Rose.

Henry VII faces many trials and tribulations and Tony Riches brings light to the first monarch of the Tudor dynasty. Faced with constant threats to his throne, his friends and family dying, I found Henry’s story to be quite sad and feel he must have been very lonely following the death of Elizabeth.

His relationship with his children is strained due to his commitment to his state duties and wish to keep them safe and it’s a shame he and his sons didn’t have a closer relationship.

The book is a fantastic end to an excellent trilogy. In my opinion Henry VII led an exceptional life which has been explored throughout the trilogy. Tony Riches illuminates the relationship between Henry and Elizabeth as well as Henry’s guilt when dying for not spending time with his family.

Most of us learn about Henry VIII at school but I was never taught the origins of his parentage which I actually find just as interesting as Henry VIII’s reign.

To those interested in the Tudor’s I highly recommend this trilogy. The writing style is easy to follow, the descriptions of the Tudor court are so vivid you can picture the clothes, food and entertainment.

I look forward to reading more of Tony Riches’ work as he clearly spends a lot of time and effort researching his subjects and has perfected a way of bringing history to life.

Henry is available here:


I also recently read Tony’s blog where he covers his journey of researching for this trilogy. There are 7 blog posts, the first of which can be found here:

It’s a fascinating journey with beautiful photographs and such a welcome addition to reading the trilogy.

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