The Wars of the Roses: Politics and the Constitution in England, C.1437-1509

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 13, 1997 - History - 293 pages
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This is a new interpretation of English politics during the extended period beginning with the majority of Henry VI in c. 1437 up to the accession of Henry VII in 1509. The later fifteenth century in England is a somewhat baffling and apparently incoherent period which historians and history students have found consistently difficult to handle. The large-scale 'revisionism' inspired by the classic work of K. B. McFarlane led to the first real work on politics, both national and local, but has left the period in a disjointed state: much material has been unearthed, but without any real sense of direction or coherence. This book places the events of the century within a clearly delineated framework of constitutional structures, practices and expectations, in an attempt to show the meaning of the apparently frenetic and purposeless political events which occurred within that framework - and which sometimes breached it. At the same time it takes cognisance of all the work that has been done on the period, including recent and innovative work on Henry VI.

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I am not sure where to start with this book.... The topic is something I am interested in, the style is readable enough... and yet I needed a pause after every chapter - and sometimes even more often ... Read full review

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This ground-breaking re-examination of the constitutional and political causes of the Wars of the Roses should be required reading for anyone seriously studying the period. Carpenter turns her focus ... Read full review


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The governance of England in the fifteenth century I kings kingship and political society
The governance of England in the fifteenth century II nobility gentry and local governance
The Lancastrian kings c 1437
Henry VIs adult rule c 14371450
The road to war 14501455
The end of Lancastrian rule 14551461
Edward IVs first reign 14611471
The triumph of York 14711483
Richard III and the end of Yorkist rule 14831485
Henry VII and the end of the wars 14851509
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About the author (1997)

Christine Carpenter is a Reader in Physiotherapy in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Coventry.

Melinda Suto is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia in Canada.

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