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The Wars of the Roses

Books on the English Wars of 1455 - 1487 between the Houses of York and Lancaster
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Bosworth Field & the Wars of the Roses (Wordsworth Military Library)
by A. L. Rowse

Bosworth 1485 : Last Charge of the Plantagenets (Campaign Series, 66)
by Christopher Gravett
The Battle of Bosworth effectively put an end to the dynastic struggle known as the Wars of the Roses, and planted the Tudor house on the throne of England. Since his death in battle against Henry Tudor, argument has raged around the central figure of the story, the controversial King Richard III. Christopher Gravett cuts through the myth to detail the course of this pivotal campaign.

Encyclopedia of the Wars of the Roses
by John A. Wagner
During the second half of the fifteenth century, a complex and violent struggle for the English throne erupted between the supporters of the House of York and supporters of the House of Lancaster. The rise and fall of these dynasties, and the mystery of the fate of the Princes in the Tower, have made the Wars of the Roses the subject of countless novels, plays, poems, and films. This illustrated, authoritative A-to-Z encyclopedia is written in a clear and understandable style by an...
Library Binding: 375 pages
ABC-CLIO; ISBN: 1851093583; (July 1, )

The Wars of the Roses
by Alison Weir
Lancaster and York. For much of the fifteenth century, these two families were locked in battle for control of the English throne. 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 houses of Lancaster and York, the most complex in English history, profoundly altered the course of the monarchy. Alison Weir, one of the foremost authorities on British history, brings brilliantly to life both the war itself and the larger-tha-life figures who fought it on the great stage of England. 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 period of history.
"A magnificent history" - The Boston Globe
Paperback: Ballantine Books (Trd Pap); ISBN: 0345404335;
The Wars of the Roses (Problems in Focus)
by A. J. Pollard (Editor)

The Black Arrow : A Tale of the Two Roses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, N.C. Wyeth (Illustrator)
Book Description: A fierce war rages between two powerful and bitter rivals:on one side the House of Lancaster; on the other the House of York. The prize? The crown of England! Young Richard Shelton finds himself torn in his loyalties. Should he serve the interests of his villainous master. or throw in his lot with the dashing outlaw Ellis Duckworth and his band known as the Black Arrow? Richard must decide wisely, for his fate--and the fate of England--hangs in the balance....

An exciting portrait of England during the War of the Roses, The Black Arrow is a breathless adventure of battle, intrigue, deception, kidnapping, spies, rogues, heroes,and villains.
(School & Library Binding - November 1987)

The Wars of the Roses (A Royal History of England)
by Anthony Cheetham, Antonia Fraser (Editor)

Wars of the Roses : Peace & Conflict in the 15th Century
by John Gillingham

The Wars of the Roses : A Concise History
by Charles Ross
Paperback: Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 050027407X; (August 1986)

The Wars of the Roses
by Bruce Webster

The Wars of the Roses : Politics and the Constitution in England, C. 1437-1509 (Cambridge Medieval Textbooks)
by Christine Carpenter

The Growth of a Medieval Town : Lincoln from the Norman Conquest to the Wars of the Roses (Cambridge Introduction to World History)
by Trevor Cairns, Dulcie Lincoln Duke
(Paperback - April 1988)

The Wars of the Roses (Men at Arms Series, 145)
by Terence Wise
The story of Henry VII as the good king restoring peace and prosperity to an England ravaged under the cruel reign of Richard III is a well-known episode of English history. It is a colorful story, but it is not the truth. When Henry Tudor came to power, he had history rewritten in his favor, and in favor of his family's claim to the throne. This volume reveals the "civil wars" of the Roses as a mere dynastic power struggle, and attempts to discover truths which Henry Tudor sought to destroy forever.
(Paperback - June 1984)

The Medieval Soldier in the Wars of the Roses
by Andrew W. Boardman
Contemporary accounts by captains, cavalry, archers and men-at-arms reveal how men were recruited, fed and billeted, how a battle was fought, what weapons and tactics they used, and the soldier's fate after the battle. 
Hardcover: 224 pages
Sutton Publishing; ISBN: 0750914653; 
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The Tragedy of King Richard III (Oxford World's Classics)
by William Shakespeare, John Jowett (Editor)

Blood Red Roses: The Archaeology of a mass grave from the Battle of Towton AD 1461
by Veronica Fiorato (Editor), et al
The Wars of the Roses are undoubtedly one of the most turbulent periods of English history, and the Battle of Towton reputedly the most bloody battle of any fought on English soil. In 1996 a construction company preparing to build a garage near the site of the battlefield discovered the first mass grave of soldiers ever found on British soil. It contained the remains of up to 51 soldiers who had clearly suffered violent and brutal deaths.
Listed under Archaeology

Wakefield and Towton : War of the Roses (Battleground Medieval Britain)
by Philip A. Haigh
Richard III has come to be the most famous figure to emerge from Britain's War of the Roses, largely due to the play by William Shakespeare, but this 30-year conflict (1455-1485) had a large cast of heroes and villains, and saw the biggest and fiercest battles ever fought on English soil. This new book in the format of the popular Battleground Europe series concentrates on two major battles fought during the pivotal years of 1460 and 1461. As 1460 drew to a close, Edward, Duke of York (white roses) was in open revolt against the Lancastrian (red roses) king, Henry VI. A superior Lancastrian force ambushed Edward and killed him and many of his men; Edward's head was subsequently displayed over the main gate of his own city of York. Thirsting for revenge, the Duke's son, also named Edward (who later reigned as Edward IV), gathered a force and sought out the Lancastrian host. On March 29, 1461 the two armies collided in a blinding snowstorm near the town of Wakefield in what was to be the bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil. The prevailing wind blew in the faces of the Lancastrian archers and the Yorkists were triumphant after a six-hour battle. As was often the case during the War of the Roses, the defeated army was mercilessly pursued and prominent leaders were executed when captured. This heavily illustrated account uses the Battleground Europe format to describe in detail these historic parts of Britain both then and now, an approach particularly important for medieval battles that must be more painstakingly reconstructed than more modern ones. Those seeking background material on Shakespeare's four plays on Henry VI and Richard III will also find this book useful.

The War of the Roses : Through the Lives of Five Men and Women of the Fifteenth Century
by Desmond Seward

War of the Roses
by Hugh Lander
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Wales and the Wars of the Roses
by H. T. Evans, Ralph A. Griffiths (Introduction)

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