Lambert Simmel and the Battle of Stoke, by Michael Bennett, hardcover (very good condition)
Less than two years after Bosworth, Henry Tudor had to defend his crown against a formidable challenge mounted on behalf of a ten-year-old boy, who had been crowned in Dublin as 'Edward VI'. Though presented as the last surviving Plantagenet prince, the lad is generally known to history as Lambert Simnel.
This book unravels the tangled web of dynastic politics and rivalries in Yorkist England, seeking a context for the bizarre events of 1487. It considers the political instability and the miasma of intrigue associated with the reign of Richard III and the first years of Henry VII. It seeks to probe the mysteries surrounding Lambert Simnel, raising new questions about his identity, and attempts to trace the roots and ramifications of the movement centering on him. Above all, it charts the progress of the conspiracy and rebellion, from the raising of troops in the Netherlands and Ireland to the dramatic 'coronation' at Dublin, from the invasion of northern England through to the final, bloody encounter at Stoke by Newark.
The last battle of the 'Wars of the Roses', Stoke Field was also the last occasion when an English king personally took the field against a rival. This study, commemorating the quincentenary of the battle of Stoke, concludes by claiming that the resolution of the crisis of 1487 marks an important stage in the development of early Tudor policy.
The book includes an appendix of extracts from chronicles and other sources, some translated for the first time. (less)