The Wars of the Roses: The Key Players in the Struggle for Supremacy

The Wars of the Roses: The Key Players in the Struggle for Supremacy

by Matthew Lewis


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In the second half of the fifteenth century, for over thirty years, civil war tore England apart. However, its roots were deeper and its thorns were felt for longer than this time frame suggests.The Wars of the Roses were not a coherent period of continual warfare. There were distinct episodes of conflict, interspersed with long periods of peace. But the struggles never really ceased. Motives changed, fortunes waxed and waned, the nature of kingship was weighed and measured and the mettle of some of England’s greatest families was put to the test.Matthew Lewis examines the people behind these events, exploring the personalities of the main players, their motives, successes and failures. He uncovers some of the lesser-known tales and personal stories often lost in the broad sweep of the Wars of the Roses, in a period of famously complex loyalties and shifting fortunes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781445660233
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 09/28/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Matthew Lewis is an author and historian with particular interest in the medieval period. His books include a history of the Wars of the Roses, a biography of Richard, 3rd Duke of York, and two novels of historical fiction telling the life of King Richard III and the aftermath of the Battle of Bosworth. He also writes a history blog, sharing thoughts and snippets. He can be found on Twitter @MattLewisAuthor.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 The Most Despised Man in England 11

2 The Man Who Set England on Fire 26

3 Deadly Rivalries 41

4 Old Enemies, New Friends 54

5 When Giants Collide 62

6 A Great and Strong Laboured Woman 72

7 War Begins 82

8 The Wheel Turns Once More 96

9 New Wounds 106

10 The Wheel Spins Faster 120

11 England's Apocalypse 130

12 Rise High, Fall Far 141

13 Warwick's Pride 152

14 The Returns of the Kings 166

15 The Arrival of King Edward IV 179

16 An End of the Wars of the Roses 192

17 The Pirate Earl 209

18 The King Is Dead, Long Live the King 221

19 Usurper 232

20 Buckingham and Rebellions 244

21 The Fate of the House of York 260

22 Bones of Contention 270

Find Out More 280

Index 285

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