Henry VII: The Winter King

Historian Thomas Penn explores the history and elusive persona behind the first Tudor monarch, Henry VII (1457 – 1509).

Furthermore, we’ll take a look at the bastion of power he created from 1485 and onwards in England, paving the way for the infamous Tudor Period.

The Tudor Period was an age from 1485 to 1603 where Henry VII’s children and grandchildren would rule England. Famous amongst them were executioner-happy monarch Henry VIII and The Virgin Queen – Elizabeth I.

In order to facilitate the throne and a future of his blood ruling however, Henry needed to assert and assume absolute power. To do that, he’d have to go against the reigning monarch King Richard III.

This marked a series of violent wars called the Wars of the Roses. The culmination of this entirety would lead Henry VII’s forces to defeat Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field.

Henry VII was the last king of England to win his throne on the field of battle. By marrying Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV and niece of Richard III, he would cement his claim even further.

Through his skillful political prowess, his ruthless tactics and carisma, Henry VII was successful in restoring the power and stability of the English monarchy after the civil war.

His suspicious and enigmatic persona would hold the throne for over 20 years, creating a reign both dark and chilling. Many plots were foiled to abdicate his power through sheer cunning or developing tactics to keep his enemies out of the informational loop.

In Henry VII: The Winter King we’ll gain access to all this knowledge by exploring magnificent buildings, long-lost documents and this history of what we know.

Guided by Thomas, we’ll get to know the true story of this very terrifying monarch: Henry VII.

Henry VII: The Winter King
  • Info
  • Release date2013
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Giulia Clark, Stuart Elliott
  • Production companyLion Television