For help with downloading a wikipedia page as a pdf, see help. The war between the royal house of lancaster and york, the longest and most complex in british history, profoundly altered the course of the monarchy. The war between the houses of lancaster and york was characterised by treachery, deceit, and bloody battles. Gmall lectures the last of the plantagenets and the war of the roses 03. From henry iv, the first lancastrian king, to richard iii, the wars of the roses follows the history of the kings of the houses of lancaster and york who shaped this tumultuous period of english history. Books on wars of the roses history behind game of thrones. It would directly follow on chronologically, showing what happened next in this essential period of english history. English history, european history, medieval history, medieval women, plantagenets, war of the roses, wars of the roses, womens history edward iv, elizabeth shore, elizabeth woodville, heroines of the medieval world, history heroines, jane shore, ladies of magna carta, lord hastings, richard iii, sharon bennett connolly, silk and the sword. Apr 29, 2017 the wars of the roses and the struggle for the english throne. If you need to get to the guts of it this is the one. How game of thrones drew on the wars of the roses books. Buy a brief history of the wars of the roses 1st by seward, mr desmond isbn. Many lancastrian nobles perished, including edmund beaufort, the duke of somerset, and the king was forced to submit to the rule of his cousin, richard of york.
The wars of the roses is the 19thcentury name given to the english civil wars fought roughly between 1450 and 1509. The principal conflicts took place in 14591461 first war, 14691471 second war, and 14831485 third war. What is the definitive war of the roses history book. The wars of the roses by dan jones audiobook 01 youtube. Mar 05, 2020 wars of the roses 145585, in english history, the series of civil wars that preceded the rise of the tudors.
Given the success of this book and the tv version of the fictionalised the white queen i think it is high time for a serious tv history of the wars of the roses plus bosworth, ideally with alison weir contributing, and a big glossy book accompanying the series with more detailed maps and colour photographs. In the opening battle of england s war of the roses, the yorkists defeat king henry vis lancastrian forces at st. Fantasy books how game of thrones drew on the wars of the roses new video traces the origins of hbos hit tv series in the bloody feuding of 15thcentury englands dynastic civil wars. Indeed, the english proved that the most effec tive way to do battle was with dismounted infantry supported by archers armed with the devastating longbow. In 99, henry bolingbroke shattered the regal order of medieval england by deposing an anointed king and installing himself as successor. It is a mindblowing period of history, more exciting than any fiction we could concoct, and this book will transmit that excitement and provide a perfect platform to jump from if you want to go deeper in the future. After four hours of twentytwo i am calling it quits. Worths meticulous research into the war of the roses brings this tumultuous period of english history alive, and her telling of isobels story clearly benefits from the past 30 years of academic research into the lives of medieval women. Lancater and york is a riveting account of the wars of the roses, from beloved historian alison weir.
After this, however, lady of the roses departs from the commonplaces of romance fiction. The fall of the plantagenets and the rise of the tudors 9780143127888. Wars of the roses military history oxford bibliographies. There were some issues, however, that brought the effort down to a slightly better than okay status. Wars of the roses,1 a name given to a series of civil wars in england during the reigns of henry vi, edward iv and richard iii.
They were marked by a ferocity and brutality which are practically unknown in the history of english wars before and since. Fair warning, the war of the roses is a very complex and dense topic to dive into. The name wars of the roses refers to the heraldic badges associated with two rival branches of the same royal house, the white rose of york and the red rose of lancaster. Continuing on from where the last book left off, this is the second in the ongoing war of the roses series of novels. Wars of the roses came into common use in the 19th century after the publication in 1829 of anne of geierstein by sir walter scott. Dec, 2019 the wars of the roses were fought in britain from 1455 to 1485. A bloody thirtyyear struggle between the dynastic houses of lancaster and york, they embraced localised 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, mortimers. War of the roses series the british author conn iggulden is largely known for his historical fiction, along with his fiction and fantasy novels as well. The wars of the roses is history at its very bestswift and compelling, rich in character, pageantry, and drama, and vivid in its recreation of an astonishi from the back cover lancaster and york. His claim to the throne was not strong and he became king after defeating richard iii at the battle of bosworth field in 1485. Blood sisters joins philippa gregorys the women of the cousins war january 20 and alicia carters the women of the wars of the roses august 20 in catering to current interest in womens part in the cousins war, although gristwood is more ambitious than gregory or carter in taking on seven women rather than three as both. The second phase of fighting in the war of the roses broke out because of discontent with edward iv within the yorkist camp. An exciting portrait of england during the war of the roses, the black arrow is a breathless adventure of battle, intrigue, deception, kidnapping, spies, rogues, heroes,and villains.
Fortytwo captured knights were executed after the battle of towton. This episode covers the infamous wars of the roses yes plural which engulfed england after its failure during the hundred years war. Martin based much of the war of the five kings on the events of the wars of the roses. The division was a little more complex than merely these two families as each one. This book is the first of a series set in the deadly feuds of england known as the war of the roses. With the kingdom more divided than it has ever been, edward iv the king from the house of york is driven out of his country and his family forced to seek refuge from the lancasters.
For their part, the english knights and menatarms had fought on foot throughout the hundred years war, and this preference for fighting dis mounted continued into the wars of the roses. Oct 05, 2011 the war between the royal house of lancaster and york, the longest and most complex in british history, profoundly altered the course of the monarchy. Waged between 1455 and 1485, the wars of the roses earned its flowery name because the white rose was the badge of the yorks, and the red rose was the badge of the lancastrians. Apr 08, 2020 the iconic novel that became the hollywood boxoffice hit and enduring international stage play. This book covers only the first part of the wars of the roses all of which lasted from 1455 to 1487.
The wars of the roses is history at its very bestswift and compelling, rich in. Since its publication it has spawned numerous film and stage adaptations, endless discourse on the dynamics of divorce as well as becoming part of the legal jargon describing the proceedings that. Oct 29, 2019 to be absolutely correct, the term should be rendered always in pluralthe wars of the rosesas there was no centralized conflict or series of events building to a singular climax as a result of progressive warfare. This book covers only the wars between the lancasters and the yorks 14551471. The war of the roses has overtime emerged as a synonym for modern divorce and its emotional aftershock.
Thucydides examines the great themes of war from the highest levels of the making of strategy and policy to the moral dimensions and the sharp end of battle. List of 31 historical movies about the plantagenets lancaster, york, the tudors, and the war of the roses for those days you just dont feel like cracking a book. The only book i ever read on this topic was war of the roses by desmond seward. I also own the military campaigns of the war of the roses.
During the hundred years war against france, a captured noble would be able to ransom himself for a large sum but in the wars of the roses, a captured noble who belonged to a defeated faction had a high chance of being executed as a traitor. The house of percy in british history by alexander rose. The beginning of richard iiis funeral procession starts today an event that signifies the final chapter of a 500 year long story. I was wondering if you guys have any good book recommendations that indulge in the broad topic of the war of the roses preferably. Although the conflict lasted for over 30 years, fighting was sporadic and featured fewer than 20 significant battles. Lite history to me are those pulpy history paperbacks that tend to populate the military history sections of bookstores about navy seals, special forces, nazis, and those god awful books about the merovingians being descendants of jesus. The wars were a series of battles between the lancasters and yorks, two noble families in british rule, both of whom believed they deserved the crown. This book explains the civil wars that beset england roughly between 1450 and 1509, known as the wars of the roses. In the wars of the roses, alison weir reconstructs this conflict with the same dramatic flair and impeccable research that she brought to her highly praised the princes in the tower. Dealing with it on a purely factual basis, he takes a look at the politics and the balances of power that were happening at this precise moment in time. Aas level history for aqa student book a level as history aqa student by lutkin, jessica isbn. Warwick the kingmaker ladybird adventures from history. The popular name for englands 15thcentury ce dynastic conflicts, the war of the roses, was first coined by the novelist sir walter scott 17711832 ce after the later badges of the two main families involved neither of which were actually the favoured liveries at the time. I never understood the emotional origins of the wars of the roses until i read this book or rather the chapters about the percys in the late 0s to 1480s.
Writing with a high degree of accuracy, he brings a high level of authenticity to his stories, researching his subjects well, bringing the past to life. Jul 28, 2019 in the opening battle of englands war of the roses, the yorkists defeat king henry vis lancastrian forces at st. Known as the war of the roses it was ultimately a struggle to claim the throne between the families descended from edward iii and those descended from henry iv. Online shopping from a great selection at books store. Alison weirs lucid and gripping account focuses on the human side of history. The strategy of murdering a king and even their young heirs was begun by henry bolingbroke in 99 ce when he became henry iv of england r. Wars of the roses buffs other wars of the roses books. In the opening battle of englands war of the roses, the yorkists defeat king henry vi s lancastrian forces at st. Much like her historical novels, the women of the cousins war dives into the human drama behind the war of the roses. Richard neville had been allied with the father of edward, and had orchestrated the yorkist victories, but he became disillusioned with edward when the young king married into a rival family against warwicks wishes, and failed to. Conn iggulden the brilliant retelling of the wars of the roses in 15th century england from. Wars of the roses 145585, in english history, the series of civil wars that preceded the rise of the tudors. A dynastic conflict, the wars of the roses saw the houses of lancaster and york struggle for the english throne.
Also consider looking at books from alan sutton publishing books. Either the page is no longer relevant or consensus on its purpose has become unclear. Treachery, betrayal and murder were all common themes of the english wars of the roses or war of the roses. This book is generally considered one of the best novels of the war of roses series of novels. Anthony cheetham provides insight into the politics, society, and economy of this time, and above all, he conveys the personal histories and. The wars of the roses were a series of bloody civil wars for the throne of england between two competing royal families. Dan jones first history book was a popular narrative history of the english peasants revolt of 81, titled summer of blood.
A welljudged, vigorous and vivid account of englands fifteenthcentury civil war, the wars of the roses interweaves a strong narrative thread with important analysis to explain the issues on which englands rulers and their rivals vied so often, and with such brutal consequences, between 1450 and. If you have an essay to write and unfortunately have to hand it in at 9 am, made a decision to spend the evening playing poker til 2am, this is the book to turn to. The war of the roses history is a story of tudor monarchs desperately attempting to unite a faction behind them large enough to unite the fledging realm of england. Wars of the roses by conn iggulden penguin books australia. Online shopping for wars of the roses from a great selection at books store. Fought between the houses of lancaster and york for the english throne, the wars were named years afterward from the supposed badges of the contenders. Wales and the wars of the roses by h t evans and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Pollard history, university of teesside reevaluates traditional historical interpretations of the war of the roses. Boardman also consider looking at books from alan sutton publishing books a great historical publisher. Alison weir, one of the foremost authorities on british history, brings brilliantly to life both the war itself and the largerthalife figures who fought it on the great stage of england. Learn about the wars of the roses from this list of the best books about the wars of the roses. In relation to the wars of the roses, the letters are of value when looking at the local issues in east anglia and the way in which the wars were used by nobles to try and make gains of land and power. Hello and welcome to feature history, featuring the war of the roses, a video that is certainly not early this month, and a fancy new intro. The 44 best wars of the roses books, such as xv, the tudors, blood royal, tudor history, wars of the roses and the war of the roses.
He lives in stainesuponthames with his wife and two daughters. Jul 10, 2018 10 history books that game of thrones fans need to read, because the red wedding was based on a reallife event. Books on the wars of the roses the history of england. The war of the roses 14551485 was one of the most important historical events in the history of england and took place between the house of lancaster and the house of york. I absolutely love history related books, especially historical novels. I was wondering if you guys have any good book recommendations that indulge in the broad topic of the war of the roses preferably a historical novel. Weapons of the wars of the roses warfare history network. Their contested authority culminated in the wars of the roses, and later inspired shakespeares history plays. Im reading the saxon stories by bernard cornwell at the moment and i absolutely love it. The book of margery kemp written in east anglia this is a quite radical book. Toby clements finds much to admire in a brace of books about the wars of the roses, fatal colours by george goodwin and towton by john. Any book you pick up worth its salt, will have and better have at least two chapters dedicated to just background before you even begin to get to the foundations of the causes for the war.
Nov 15, 2009 while the fate of the plantagenet princes remains a mystery, gregorys theory is compelling and believable. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. One of the habits of hourly history authors is to condense the entire book into the introduction. The wars of the roses displayed an everincreasing tendency to use violence to achieve political aims. The second part of the wars of the roses 14831487, the fight between the yorks and the tudors is presented in the authors book the princes in the tower.
This page is currently inactive and is retained for historical reference. The wars of the roses are actually the longest period of civil war in englands postconquest history. In 1437, the lancaster king henry vi ascends the throne of england after years of semipeaceful regency. Aas level history for aqa student book a level as history aqa. Still, this would be a great book to start with if you want to introduce yourself to the wars of the roses. This real life, historical conflict serves as the basis for the book and television series, game of thrones. The peasants revolt of 81, which was published in 2009. Finally, this book examines the tudors struggles to keep the crown after 1485 and the process by which their history of the wars of the roses was established. The wars of the roses was not a continual military campaign but instead it was a series of pitched battles, seventeen in all, that occurred over the 30year period. Feb 05, 20 pollard history, university of teesside reevaluates traditional historical interpretations of the war of the roses. The sunne in splendour by sharon kay penman, the white queen by philippa gregory, the lady of the rivers. The wars of the roses created an interesting time in history, and could have been a powerful book. The wars of the roses is history at its very bestswift and compelling, rich in character, pageantry, and drama, and vivid in its recreation of an.
Causes of the wars of the roses ancient history encyclopedia. His cortege is conveying his remains to leicester cathedral where they will be on display, effectively lie in state for the next four days. If you have books you recommend, please add them to the comments section. The fall of the plantagenets and the rise of the tudors. Gave a nice overview with emphasis on politicsalliances and, iirc, enough military information to get things started. Alison weirs war of the roses, does a good job of making the subject accessible to readers of history, though not to fans of lite history. Sign me up to get more news about historical fiction books.893 235 108 1029 1168 100 1547 866 1298 402 466 484 440 20 100 1495 1234 910 767 625 984 487 1264 1424 592 1493 596 42 1475 595 542 1020 841 1173 1 397 995 935 641 649 1449 142 875