Indisputably the most effective general of the Wars of the Roses, Edward IV died in his bed, undefeated in battle. Yet Edward has not achieved the martial reputation of other warrior kings such as Henry V - perhaps because he fought battles against his own people in a civil war. It has also been suggested that he lacked the personal discipline expected of a truly great commander. But, as David Santiuste shows in this perceptive and highly readable new study, Edward was a formidable military leader whose strengths and subtlety have not been fully recognized.
This is a well-written and researched book. Santiuste's readable prose is pleasingly free from factual or typographical errors, and his use of new archaological evidence, such as that derived from the recent excavations on the... [read full review]The Ricardian
Although the War of the Roses finally ended at Bosworth Field in 1485, this came after fourteen years of peace. The main part of the war had been won by Edward IV, a king who... [read full review]History of War Website April 2010
In short, this work is a 'must read' for those who would wish to widen their knowledge of a period of English history, dominated by a civil war, but which lasted considerably longer than the... [read full review]historytimes.com
'A pleasing and well-informed appraisal of the first Yorkist king. Santiuste provides a clear and cogent survey of the battles that put Edward IV on the throne, and the ones that kept him there.'Michael K Jones, author of Agincourt 1415
'Altogether, this well-researched, cogently argued and eminently readable account paints a vivid picture of Edward IV as a courageous and able soldier, capable of utter ruthlessness when the occasion demanded.'Helen Cox, Towton Battlefield Society - Feb 2010
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About David Santiuste
David Santiuste studied history at the University of St Andrews. He has published articles on various aspects of late medieval culture, including warfare, and is a member of the Royal Historical Society. He currently lives in Edinburgh.
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