The Road to Bosworth Field: A New History of the Wars of the Roses: The Struggle Between Lancaster and York 1400-1487

The Road to Bosworth Field: A New History of the Wars of the Roses: The Struggle Between Lancaster and York 1400-1487

by TrevorRoyle (Author)

Synopsis

There is no single history of the Wars of the Roses - the bloody conflict between supporters of the White Rose of Yorkshire and the Red Rose of Lancashire - which provides a military history while placing the conflict in the context of the political, cultural, religious and social background, not just in England and the rest of the British Isles but also in Europe. This book makes good that omission by producing the definitive account of one of the most dramatic and murderous periods in English history - the years when the rival heirs of King Edward III fought for the right to rule as absolute monarchs. It will also examine the wars and the main personalities against the account provided by William Shakespeare's cycle of historical plays. It paints the period on a broad canvas, refusing to be circumscribed by the narrow dates set down by earlier historians. Instead the story opens with the reign of Richard II and charts over a hundred years of dramatic internecine conflict, treachery and greed, a period in which powerful men perverted justice for their own ends, murdering their opponents and destroying their possessions in the process.

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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Published: 05 Feb 2009

ISBN 10: 0316727679
ISBN 13: 9780316727679

Media Reviews
CRIMEA: * 'An excellent account of a complicated subject. Impeccably researched and elegantly written, it puts Britain's contribution to this much derided war into its proper context' - Daily Telegraph * 'A tour de force, a splendidly written account' - Literary Review * 'An exemplary history of an unnecessary war' - Scotsman
Author Bio
Military historian Trevor Royle is well-known for his books on war and imperialism, and was defence and foreign affairs specialist of SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY.