The Perfect Prince

The Perfect Prince

The Mystery of Perkin Warbeck and His Quest for the Throne of England

Book - 2003
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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. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2003
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781400060337
Branch Call Number: 942.051092 Warbe-W 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xi, 610 p. :,ill
Additional Contributors: Wroe, Ann


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Apr 20, 2014

I am TRYING to read this book. It was listed as a source for another book I read and I wanted to find out more about this person who claimed to be one of the Prices in the Tower (Richard). I'm sure the author has spent years doing her research and has obviously been very thorough. That said, it is way. way. WAY TMI for me. I really don't need to know a day-by=day account of this young man's travels in Africa, complete with details on the fabric of the garments worn by everyone he meets. Maybe I will find it more interesting as I read further-if I can!

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