It’s Christmas Eve. Henry VII lies abed, after a hard day counting money …
After bedtime visits from “Mummy” Beaufort, and bidding a fond goodnight to Groat – his pet monkey- Henry’s plans for another frugal Christmas and a ‘taxing’ New Year go awry when he is visited in the night by four spirits demanding he change his ways.
First is the ghost of William Stanley, minus a head. Second, Richard III, whom Henry defeated at Bosworth, demanding he stops slandering his reputation. Next, ‘the pretender’ Perkin Warbeck, confusing him and making him doubt…and, last of all, a strangely familiar, rotund hooded figure whose presence shakes Henry to the core.
Will the Queen ever get rid of the tin buckles on her shoes? – Will Henry find redemption and stick Morton’s Fork somewhere Morton has never dreamed of?
A familiar Yuletide story retold as a humorous Tudor era spoof ; offering japes, jests, mayhem, monkeys, and porky princes…
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Hesper Huffam is the penname of a certain historical fiction writer who is not particularly fond of the Tudors, who she thinks have been over-glamourised and over-written. Hesper is also as pained about the outcome of Bosworth Field as if it happened just yesterday.