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Pretender to the English throne, Perkin Warbeck

1499 A THREAT TO KING HENRY VII’S THRONE ENDS WITH AN EXECUTION

Although his claim was spurious and his rebellions pathetic, Perkin Warbeck jeopardised the Tudor dynasty, just as it was beginning...

When Henry Tudor came to the throne of England in 1485, his position was by no means secure. The country was still reeling from a protracted and bloody conflict, the Wars of the Roses, and almost immediately the new king faced threats to his crown from resentful Yorkists. He may have hoped he could sleep easier after crushing Lambert Simnel’s rebellion in 1487, but for eight years in the 1490s, another pretender, Perkin Warbeck, gave Henry VII reason to be anxious for his fledgling dynasty.

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