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Forgotten Women of the Wars of the Roses (ePub)

The Untold History Behind the Battle for the Crown

Military Women of History

By Jo Romero
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 12.4 MB (.epub)
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781399066181
Published: 14th February 2024


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The Wars of the Roses were fought in England from the mid-fifteenth century, as the supporters of Lancaster and York wrestled over control of the crown. Books have analyzed the politics, battles and motives of its key characters. However, a discussion of women’s roles relating to the conflict is so far missing. Forgotten Women of the Wars of the Roses highlights their involvement, their lives during wartime and the consequences of their actions.

Many women lost male relatives to battle, execution and rebellion, suffering emotional and legal consequences as rivals seized lands and livelihood. Despite the uneasy political atmosphere and challenges in marriage and parenting, women maintained the household and supported the family commercially and politically. Forgotten royal women acted as diplomats, negotiators and supporters to both York and Lancaster. Religious women were involved in the conflict and their individual experiences are examined. There is a discussion of women who fought to overcome potentially dangerous circumstances to secure safety and statusand those who directly supported of the war effort. There were organisers writing lists, planning defences and strategy and quietly supplying husbands with horses, silver and men. Defenders commanded soldiers during a siege, usually at their homes, and took active roles in family feuds. The existence of women rebels at this time is also discussed, as is women’s wider, more subtle contributions and experiences to the security of the monarchy.

The book demands acknowledgement of women’s varied roles during the conflict at all levels of society. It draws on primary sources, aspects of their families, their daily lives, homes and fashions, thus presenting them as three dimensional people against the backdrop of the wars.

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About Jo Romero

Jo Romero has loved history for as long as she can remember. She achieved her BA (Hons) History: Medieval and Modern degree at The University of Hull in 1998. She writes on a number of topics at the blog Love British History and has over 10,000 followers across her Facebook and Instagram sites. Jo has contributed to a number of online magazines and blogs, including The Historians Magazine. Jo is a talented artist and is planning on sketching the women she discusses in her work and making those sketches available to her fans. She lives in Reading in Berkshire, in the UK. This is her first book.

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