The Wars of the Roses: And the Lives of Five Men and Women in the Fifteenth Century

The Wars of the Roses: And the Lives of Five Men and Women in the Fifteenth Century

by Desmond Seward (Author)

Synopsis

During the amazing fifteenth-century bloodbath of the Wars of the Roses, three kings, a Prince of Wales, and eight royal (or semi-royal) dukes died in battle, murder or sudden death, together with a third of the peerage and countless gentry. A government spokesman told the House of Commons in 1475 that 'none (of us) hath escaped' while in 1483 the Duke of Buckingham, soon to be beheaded, claimed that war was never 'in none earthly nation so deadly and so pestilent as when it happeneth among us ...nor so cruel and so deadly foughten'. This scholarly yet immensely readable book brings to life both the ruinous conflict and a vivid picture of an England of great beauty and cruelty.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Robinson Publishing
Published: 21 Feb 2002

ISBN 10: 1841194247
ISBN 13: 9781841194240
Book Overview: Compelling account of bloody combat between the rival dynasties of York and Lancaster

Media Reviews
'It is hard to imagine a historian more in command of his subject, or better able to bring it howling and thundering to life... he directs his readers fastidiously and dramatically through the plots, the dynastic marriages, the murders... the result is history as compelling as any novel' Independent 'This [is a] splendid and vividly written book.' Evening Standard
Author Bio
Desmond Seward was born in Paris and educated at St Catherine's College, Cambridge. He is the author of numerous studies and biographies.