The Wars of the Roses: Lancaster and York

The Wars of the Roses: Lancaster and YorkLancaster And York For Much Of The Fifteenth Century, These Two Families Were Locked In Battle For Control Of The British Monarchy Kings Were Murdered And Deposed Armies Marched On London Old Noble Names Were Ruined While Rising Dynasties Seized Power And Lands The War Between The Royal House Of Lancaster And York, The Longest And Most Complex In British History, Profoundly Altered The Course Of The Monarchy In The Wars Of The Roses, Alison Weir Reconstructs This Conflict With The Same Dramatic Flair And Impeccable Research That She Brought To Her Highly Praised The Princes In The Tower.The First Battle Erupted In 1455, But The Roots Of The Conflict Reached Back To The Dawn Of The Fifteenth Century, When The Corrupt, Hedonistic Richard II Was Sadistically Murdered, And Henry IV, The First Lancastrian King, Seized England S Throne Both Henry IV And His Son, The Cold Warrior Henry V, Ruled England Ably, If Not Always Wisely But Henry VI Proved A Disaster, Both For His Dynasty And His Kingdom Only Nine Months Old When His Father S Sudden Death Made Him King, Henry VI Became A Tormented And Pathetic Figure, Weak, Sexually Inept, And Prey To Fits Of Insanity The Factional Fighting That Plagued His Reign Escalated Into Bloody War When Richard Plantagenet, Duke Of York, Laid Claim To The Throne That Was Rightfully His And Backed Up His Claim With Armed Might.Alison Weir Brings Brilliantly To Life Both The War Itself And The Historic Figures Who Fought It On The Great Stage Of England Here Are The Queens Who Changed History Through Their Actions The Chic, Unconventional Katherine Of Valois, Henry V S Queen The Ruthless, Social Climbing Elizabeth Wydville And, Most Crucially, Margaret Of Anjou, A Far Tougher And Powerful Character Than Her Husband,, Henry VI, And A Central Figure In The Wars Of The Roses.Here, Too, Are The Nobles Who Carried The Conflict Down Through The Generations The Beauforts, The Bastard Descendants Of John Of Gaunt, Richard Neville, Earl Of Warwick, Known To His Contemporaries As The Kingmaker And The Yorkist King, Edward IV, A Ruthless Charmer Who Pledged His Life To Cause The Downfall Of The House Of Lancaster.The Wars Of The Roses Is History At Its Very Best Swift And Compelling, Rich In Character, Pageantry, And Drama, And Vivid In Its Re Creation Of An Astonishing, Dangerous, And Often Grim Period Of History Alison Weir, One Of The Foremost Authorities On The British Royal Family, Demonstrates Here That She Is Also One Of The Most Dazzling Stylists Writing History Today From The Hardcover Edition. All right First of all, no amount of quick re telling can ever do actual history any justice, but suffice to say, The War of the Roses was a ROYAL MESS.Literally You can trace its roots back to Richard II when Henry IV deposed him, setting up the later battles between York and Lancaster, but this is somewhat disingenuous People loved Hal, later to become King Henry V, and they were all amazed at how much of France he had won for England, capping off a truly heroic entry and the close end of the Hundred Years War And then he died Of the flux Horribly Leaving another kid to be the king, just like Richard II Only this time, Henry VI was set up on his mother s side to madness, a common malady of kings, and that, combined with horribly overbearing uncles and helpers to the throne, a power struggle begins, pulling this way and that and nobody really blames the poor king when the conflicts break out Again, and again, and again Then somewhere down the line, after Margaret of Anjou, his wife, is pregnant, Henry VI has a mental breakdown and she takes over, impressively, but not flawlessly Conflicts abound Edward IV is crowned king with th
This story begins in 1400 with the murder of one king, and ends in 1471 with the murder of another One murder could be said to have been a direct result of the other The story of what happened between 1400 and 1471, which is the story told in this book, answers the question how Having now finished the book, I can provide the condensed version of the answer to Weir s question because illegitimate kids throw one hell of a wrench into people s succession plans Well, obviously it s complicated than that in fact, the Wars of the Roses is kind of a clusterfuck of a situation, helped in absolutely no way by the fact that all the men were named George, Edward, Richard, or Henry seriously, that s the thing about Tudor history that drives me absolutely batshit It s for this reason that I don t usually gravitate towards this period of history, being a much bigger fan of the sexy sexy Tudors and their various sexy sexy scandals But I love Alison Weir, and when I saw this in a bookstore a few months ago I decided to try it and see if I could get a bette
NO RATING DNFThis book covers only the first part of the Wars of the Roses all of which lasted from 1455 to 1487 This book covers only the wars between the Lancasters and the Yorks 1455 1471 The second part of the Wars of the Roses 1483 1487 , the fight between the Yorks and the Tudors is presented in the author s book The Pri
What a mess Seriously I know quite a lot about history and about armed struggles but the tug of war presented here is staggering I must admit to never really having been interested except for a few cornerstones in this period or English aristocracy but since the Tudor dynasty was quite entertaining, I thought I should know about this too thanks, St Mary s.So what was the Wars of the Roses WotR all about Well, one was king, the other wanted to be king, a lot of poverty resulting from a 100 year long war with France, misrule, ambitious lords and nobles, greed was certainly the dominant factor That plus sheer stupidity on all parts Honestly, you get to root for one side because they appear noble and then they go ahead and ruin it all by being just as idiotic as the others The original House of Plantagenet was the root of the throne From there we got the House of Lancaster and the House of York Going by blood relations alone, York had the claim to the throne making the Tudors usurpers But since everyone is related to everyone else, it s reall
If I was given the choice of writing a novel on a certain historic event, you can bet the event at the bottom of my list would be The War of the Roses I don t think I could deal with such a convoluted, tangled story, with an ungodly amount of characters to keep track ofit would likely drive me mad But, thankfully Alison Weir was of a different mindset and took the monster head on And what a supurb job she did Weir merged enjoyment and learning expertly and I can see how it would take a lot of work to not have it read as a text book It was by no means a fast read, as it s all fact and no dialogue, but boring it was not Nor was it one of those books that feels like a chore to read.Weir starts the novel with the early origins of events that would eventually lead to the thirty year battle for the throne of England, which dates back to King Edward III The War of the Roses ends after the Battle of Tewkesbury The Battle of Tewkesbury, fought on what is now known as Bloody Meadow would be the last meeting between York and Lancaster The future of Lancaster, Prince Edward, was slain, his father King He
Very detailed giving background to the origins of the conflict that have become known as wars of the roses and recently cousins wars going back to Edward III and his five sons and what they and their descendants meant to the succession Of course Edward III s grandson son by his firstborn inherited the throne but when he was deposed by Henry IV Henry Bolingbroke this changed everything Henry IV altered the succession many times giving precedence over himself an his heirs since they were descended from John of Gaunt Duke of Lancaster by his first wife Blanche from where he obtained his duchy , the third son of Edward III However the second son of Edward II had surviving issues the only difference was that such surviving issue was female and she married into the Mortimers which were prominent in the Welsh Marches and from whence the Yorks inherited their superior claim once Richard Duke of York decided to make a bid for the throne when he saw the means and opportunity in Henry VI s reign Henry VI, an avid scholar had the makings of a g
Very nicely written overview of the Wars of the Roses It s not for beginners to English history I was reasonably familiar with all the players and still had trouble keeping track of everyone There are lots of Richards, Edwards and Henrys, and multiple people are referred to as York or Somerset as titles pass between generations The genealogical charts are not as helpful as they should be they re cramped and printed in tiny, handwritten scrip, and the generations ar
The Wars of the Roses is the second book by Alison Weir I ve read, and it definitely tells me there s no need to stop here The writing is good, and gives a great overview of what is a legendarily confusing period of English history This actually a successor prequel book to her early book, The Princes in the Tower, which is about the final act of the Wars of the Roses the contest between Richard III and Henry VII n e Tudor , and the fate of the children of Edward IV.Therefore, this book is actually about the rest Starting with the deposition of Richard II, Weir spends quite some time of the shaky political footing of the Lancastrian Henry IV, and the successful Henry V, before moving on to the reign of Henry VI, and the large number of political problems that led to the Lancastrian Yorkish struggle that forms the bulk of the Wars of the Roses, and ends with Tewksbury and the death Henry VI The book is about evenly split by length between the lead up, and then the multiple armed crises.There are a lot of names that fly by, and several people change names titles during the course of events, and despite efforts, Weir does not entirely clear up the conf
There are three main problems for any historian trying to tell the story of the Wars of the Roses Firstly, where to start in the complex set of social and political circumstances that led to the conflict Secondly, how to separate the web of myths, half truths and legends from the historical facts and thirdly there are the significantly differing historical accounts to be reconciled Alison Weir has produced a very readable narrative that deals comfortably with all these problems I can t remember the last time I read a book then immediately started all over again at page one, this time slowly, just in case I d missed something As well as covering the whole story from the roots of the families of Lancaster and York with two hundred pages of background and scene setting there are plenty of fascinating footnotes to history Somehow it had escaped my notice that Henry V s effigy in Westminster Abbey had its silver head stolen in the time of Henry VIII and it was only r
You cannot deny that Weir puts forth a great deal of effort in fully researching the history of and behind the Wars of the Roses I enjoyed this because not only does she present the facts as they are, she goes back an additional 100 years to give the full background on where the conflict exactly startedwith the sons of Edward the III and the weak reign of Richard the II You can look at several instances that helped fuel the fire between Lancastrians and the Yorkists made in each reign up to the point of the conflict between Richard, Duke of