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Lancaster Against York: The Wars of the Roses and the Foundation of Modern Britain

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  62 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In this sweeping history, Trevor Royle details one of the bloodiest episodes in British history. The prize was the crown of England, and the players were the rival houses of Lancaster and York. The dynastic quarrel threatened the collapse of themonarchy as a succession of weak rulers failed to deal with an overzealous aristocracy, plunging England into a series of violent ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade
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Jen
This paragraph was really in my book. The only thing I added was what is in parenthases. Please read them.
"The fact that he (Obama) had huge personal wealth must also have helped reinforce the idea that as far as finance was concerned, Henry's (Obama's) reign would be a golden age and there would be no repetition of Richard's (Bush's) profligacy and the abuse of the king's personal powers to raise funds. John Gower (the New York Times) thought as much when he wrote his welcoming poem to the new
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Alexis Allen
It's hard to find nonfiction that's a pleasure to read. There's a fine line between readable and Alison Weir. I have REALLY enjoyed Trevor Royle's narrative of the War of the Roses. He's no Tuchman, but he has a wonderful touch and I'd recommend this to any casual armchair historian looking for a nice entertaining read.
Laura
Brilliantly written work about what can be a very confusing period of English history, one in which you truly have difficulty telling the players without a scorecard. References and terms are defined and illustrated, and a comprehensive guide to "Who's Who" is also included. The narrative is always lively; Mr. Royal knows how to tell a complicated story well. An excellent work for anyone interested in The Wars of the Roses, whether new to the subject or already long familiar with its kings, quee ...more
Tony
Very well done history of the period. The author minimizes reader confusion without losing the complexity of the time. Demonstrated a good sense for the available primary documents.
Jim
Pretty decent historical overview of the War of the Roses, which I'd always heard about but didn't know much about, apart from Shakespeare. It held my interest, but the biggest problem with this book was trying to keep all the principals straight. A lot of them are dukes and earls who are all carrying the same titles, and one Earl of Arundel (for instance) might be loyal to one faction, and his successor who's also the Earl of Arundel might be loyal to the other faction. There are some charts of ...more
Sarah
A decent account of the two families but nothing new, and a lot assumed as truth. Like the author, I agree that Richard likely had his nephews murdered, but this is hardly the ONLY possibility - Henry VII had just as much to gain by their deaths. However, Richard probably did it and no amount of ridiculous sobbing about it by Philippa Langley will change that.

There are several other instances of suppositions being presented as fact and while this book was okay, it would take far too much time to
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Emily
Jul 11, 2013 Emily rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dramaturges on the history plays
A Game of Thrones without any feasts, dragons, boiled leather, or long-winded descriptions of same.

A brisk no-nonsense no-footnotes mainstream history.
Margaret Sankey
Nothing really new here (and some lazy reliance on disproven anecdotes), but re-acquaintance with with all my dysfunctional Plantagenets.
Jack
This is an excellent read. Combines the end of the 100's year war and develops the foundation of the Tudor monarchy.
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