The exiles would have been greeted by a tall, slender and impressive young man in his mid-twenties, with small blue eyes and noticeably bad teeth in a long, sallow face beneath very fair hair. Amiable and high-spirited, Henry Tudor was friendly if dignified in manner, while it was clear to everyone that he was extremely intelligent. His definitive biographer, Professor Chrimes, credits him – event before he had become king – with possessing ‘a high degree of personal magnetism, ability to inspire confidence, and a growing reputation for shrewd decisiveness.’ On the debit side, he may have looked a little delicate – he had poor health – while despite his obvious ability, so far he had had no experience of warfare and as yet there was no military leader of repute among his followers. Nevertheless, it is obvious that he had no trouble in presenting himself as a serious rival to King Richard.
— The Wars of the Roses by Desmond Seward