Review: The Perfect Prince

The Perfect Prince: The Mystery of Perkin Warbeck and His Quest for the Throne of EnglandThe Perfect Prince: The Mystery of Perkin Warbeck and His Quest for the Throne of England by Ann Wroe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Perfect Prince is the story of Perkin Warbeck

Wroe brings out many intriguing details, such as, did you know that Warbeck and his wife lived in Henry VII’s household after he was captured. This seems odd given he was a supposed traitor. Why not the tower or the scaffold?

Wroe’s writing in some places is positively lyrical. She describes

While I realize many people hated this book, I still recommend it for anyone interested in Henry VII’s reign or interested in, perhaps, Margaret of Burgundy.

The book could have benefited from some well-needed pruning. Even Ann Wroe herself, admits she battled with her editors and prevented them from trimming it because of her passion for the topic. I certainly understand her feelings. However, it is a long read and it does sag in places.

Likewise, while you can tell Wroe really wants to state definitively that the pretender was not a pretender – at least that was my take – the evidence doesn’t quite let her.

Nonetheless, Wroe should be commended on her research. I believe she translated source material from Bruges and Portugal. I’ve seen few WOTR books that have foreign language sources beyond the traditional French ones (Commines, etc).

This book is too long, so while I have given it five stars, I don’t recommend it for people who only have a casual interest in Henry VII or the problem with pretenders in his reign.

By Jamie Adair

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