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Battles of the Wars of the Roses (Hardback)

Military > Pre-WWI > Wars of the Roses P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 15th Century P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval History World History > UK & Ireland > England

By David Cohen
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781399083102
Published: 13th March 2023

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The Wars of the Roses saw a series of bloody battles during one of the most turbulent periods of English history. The houses of Lancaster and York fought for control of the crown, devastating the nobility and bringing an end to the illustrious Plantagenet dynasty.

Starting with an overview of the politics and events that culminated in the wars, this new history focuses on the seventeen battles that took place around the country between 1455 and 1487. It considers the causes, course and result of each battle, beginning with the first battle of St Albans on 22 May 1455, which was won by the Yorkist faction led by Richard, Duke of York.

The bloodiest battle ever known on English soil at Towton on 29 March 1461, and the victory there of the first Yorkist King Edward IV is described here in vivid detail. The battle of Tewkesbury on 4 May 1471 saw the death of Edward Prince of Wales, the last male heir of the Lancastrians, and the subsequent murder of King Henry VI at the Tower of London. The defeat and death of King Richard III at the battle of Bosworth on 22 August 1485 marked the end of the Plantagenet dynasty. The last battle of the Wars of the Roses was at East Stoke on 16 June 1487 where the first Tudor King Henry VII crushed the Yorkist revolt.

The final chapter of the book is devoted to the mystery of the Princes in the Tower, who disappeared at the Tower of London during the reign of King Richard III in 1483, and the suspects to their likely murders.

Written with the most up-to-date archaeological and documentary research, and including many images of the main protagonists, battle sites, maps and genealogical charts, this is a fascinating new insight into the Wars of the Roses.

"Exceptionally well-written, organised and presented, Battles of the Wars of the Roses is highly recommended..."

Battlefield - The Magazine of the Battlefields Trust and the Scottish Battlefields Trust - Volume 28, Issue 1, Autumn 2023

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In addition to an informative Introduction, "Battles of the Wars of the Rose" is further informatively enhanced by historian David Cohen with the inclusion of numerous black/white illustrations, a one page Bibliography, a one page listing of Primary Sources, and a six page Index. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Battles of the Wars of the Rose" is highly recommended for both community and academic library 15th Century English History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Battles of the Wars of the Rose" is also available in a digital book format.


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About David Cohen

David Cohen is a retired Civil Servant (Ministry of Justice) with a degree in social sciences from Leicester University. He is a member of the Royal Historical Society and has studied this period of history for over 40 years. He regularly visits key battle sites such as St Albans, Barnet, Tewkesbury and Bosworth, and runs the popular ‘Wars of the Roses and Medieval History’ group, alongside fellow historian Sharon Bennett Connolly, contributing articles on the various battles of the Wars of the Roses and its main protagonists.

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