Article Title

The Player King


Tessa McMillan


Excellent, Intermediate, Young Adult, Simnel, Lambert; Kings, queens, rulers, etc.; Great Britain--History--Tudors, 1485-1603; Action & Adventure; Royalty.

Document Type

Book Review


Lambert Simnel’s life has been spent slaving away in a filthy tavern. This all changes when Brother Simonds buys Lambert and whisks him off to meet the Earl of Lincoln. Lambert resembles the missing Prince Edward, true heir to the English throne. The two men believe they can transform Lambert into a convincing prince and use his influence to challenge the new king, Henry VII. Lambert’s newfound power makes him unwittingly ban Simonds from his presence. Lincoln takes Lambert to Ireland where he is crowned king. An army is quickly established behind Lambert and they invade England. However, Henry’s larger forces quickly quell the rebellion. Lambert is brought before Henry, where he learns Simonds confessed the false-prince-scheme to the king. Lambert admits he was used by the two men and confesses his loyalty to Henry. Henry forgives Lambert and places him on his kitchen staff.