AN UNKNOWN WELSHMAN by Jean Stubbs

AN UNKNOWN WELSHMAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Her success with Kitty Ogilvie and Eleanora Duse apparently whetted Miss Stubbs' appetite for history and this time she takes a big, big bite with the life of Henry VII, a personage indeed and male to boot. We see him grow -- slowly -- through the thunderous ups and downs of Lancaster and York, learning caution and reserve from (quickly alternating) guardians of both houses, and proving the lessons of childhood through a reign fraught with intrigues, impersonations, and perpetual challenges to his rule. Miss Stubbs manages a believably sympathetic psychological portrait though the necessary if sometimes hopeless intricacies of the plot (try to keep count of the Margarets, for example) smother the story in the library atmosphere of well-researched details. For all the action, this moves ponderously in time to the clanking chains and stately viols of history with a capital H.

Pub Date: June 1st, 1972
Publisher: Stein & Day