The Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses

by John Ashdown-Hill


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The Wars of the Roses call to mind bloody battles, treachery and deceit, and a cast of characters known to us through fact and fiction: Edward IV, Elizabeth Woodville, Richard III, Warwick the Kingmaker, the Princes in the Tower, Henry Tudor. But the whole era also creates a level of bewilderment among even keen readers. John Ashdown-Hill gets right to the heart of this ‘thorny’ subject, dispelling the myths and bringing clarity to a topic often shrouded in confusion.Between 1455 and 1487, a series of dynastic wars for the throne of England were fought. These have become known as the Wars of the Roses. But there never was a red rose of Lancaster … This book sets the record straight on this and many other points, getting behind the traditional mythology and reaching right back into the origins of the conflict to cut an admirably clear path through the thicket.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781445660356
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,279,249
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John Ashdown-Hill is a historian, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the Society of Genealogists, the Richard III Society and the Centre Européen d’Études Bourguignonnes. He was Leader of Genealogical Research and Historical Advisor for the Looking for Richard Project and is the author of The Last Days of Richard III, the book that inspired the dig. John lives near Colchester in Essex.

Table of Contents

Introduction - What were 'The Wars of the Roses'? 7

Part 1 Multicoloured 'Plantagenets' 23

1 How the Trouble Started 25

2 The Ambitions of the Beauforts 41

3 Beaufort versus York 57

4 Queen Margaret of Anjou versus York 75

Part 2 The White Rose of York 93

5 The White Rose Wins 95

6 Warwick versus the Woodvilles 115

7 Private Wars 133

8 'Kingmaking' 143

9 New Succession Problems 169

Part 3 The Red Rose of Beaufort 187

10 The Red Rose Wins 189

11 Richard III's Heir, 'King Edward VI' 207

12 Edward IV's Heir, 'King Richard IV' 223

13 De la Poles, Poles and Courtenays 241

Part 4 'Tudor' = York; Habsburg = Lancaster 257

14 The Last Lancastrian Claimants 259

15 Conclusions 277

Appendix I 283

Notes 285

Bibliography 307

Index 314

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