Lancaster Against York: The Wars of the Roses and the Foundation of Modern Britain

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Macmillan, Jul 22, 2008 - History - 353 pages
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In this sweeping history, Trevor Royle details one of the bloodiest episodes in British history. The prize was the crown of England, and the players were the rival houses of Lancaster and York. The dynastic quarrel threatened the collapse of the monarchy as a succession of weak rulers failed to deal with an overzealous aristocracy, plunging England into a series of violent encounters. The bloody battles and political intrigue between the rival heirs of King Edward III brought forth one of the most dynamic ruling families of England--the Tudors.
  

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User Review  - Doey - LibraryThing

Wish that Royle had employed a better fact checker. Many date errors in text (including the wrong day for the Battle of Bosworth), many errors in the Appendix and errorr of omission in the Index ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

A decent account of the two families but nothing new, and a lot assumed as truth. Like the author, I agree that Richard likely had his nephews murdered, but this is hardly the ONLY possibility - Henry ... Read full review

Contents

Woe to the Land in Which a Boy Is King
1
Chosen by God
15
All Pomp and Majesty I Do Forswear
29
The Usurper King
43
Uneasy Lies the Head
57
No Tongue Can Tell of His Renown
71
The Mighty and Puissant Conqueror
85
A Scepter in a Childs Hand
99
The Battle Continues
183
Warwick Maker and Breaker of Kings
197
Decline and Fall
211
The Recovery of England
225
Master of His Own Kingdom
239
Glory and Tranquillity
253
The End of Innocence
267
The Final Reckoning
281

A Man of Mild and Plaindealing Disposition
113
The Gathering Storm
127
The First Battle of St Albans
141
A Great and Stronglaboured Woman
155
Civil War
169
The Last and Most Doubtful of the Usurpers
297
The Main Characters
311
Select Bibliography
333
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Trevor Royle is a historian, specializing in war and empire. His previous books include Civil War: The Wars of Three Kingdoms, Crimea: The Great Crimean War 1854-1856, and Winds of Change: The End of Empire in Africa. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Associate Editor of The Sunday Herald. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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