9781848858749

A Short History of the Wars of the Roses

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    9781848858749

  • ISBN10:

    1848858744

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-29
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris

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Summary

The Wars of the Roses (c. 1450-85) are renowned as an infamously savage and tangled slice of English history. A bloody thirty-year struggle between the dynastic houses of Lancaster and York, they embraced localized vendetta (such as the bitter northern feud between the Percies and Nevilles) as well as the formal clash of royalist and rebel armies at St Albans, Ludford Bridge, Mortimer's Cross, Towton, Tewkesbury and finally Bosworth, when the usurping Yorkist king Richard was crushed by Henry Tudor. Powerful personalities dominate the period: the charismatic and enigmatic Richard III, immortalized by Shakespeare; the slippery Warwick, "the kingmaker," who finally over-reached ambition to be cut down at the battle of Barnet; and guileful women like Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret of Anjou, who for a time ruled the kingdom in her husband's stead. David Grummitt places the violent events of this complex time in the wider context of fifteenth-century kingship and the development of English political culture. Never losing sight of the traumatic impact of war on the lives of those who either fought in or were touched by battle, this captivating new history will make compelling reading for students of the late medieval period and Tudor England, as well as for general readers.

Author Biography

David Grummitt is Lecturer in British History at the University of Kent. He is the author of The Calais Garrison: War and Military Service in England, 1436-1558 (2008).

Table of Contents

Preface * Dramatis Personae * Introduction The Wars in History * Timeline * Causes * The Lancastrian Legacy: England 1399-1449 * The Prelude to War: 1449-1455 * Course * First Blood: the Battle of St. Albans 1455 and its Aftermath * The Triumph of York: the First War 1459-1464 * Rebellion and Readeption: the Second War 1469-1471 * Fortune's Wheel: the Third War 1483-1487 * Consequences * War and Society: the Impact of the Wars * War and Political Culture * Conclusion * Notes * Bibliography * Index

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