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The Wars of the Roses

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The vicious conflict between the English noble houses of York and Lancaster—known as the War of the Roses—marked the end of medieval England and the birth of the Renaissance. Here is a concise and fascinating study of that 30-year period, which recounts the secret plots, hidden romances, royal murders, great battles, political intrigues, and broken promises. Written by a ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Phoenix (first published 1993)
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Aug 14, 2013 Elliott rated it it was ok
Neillands has two interesting historical debates: first that the War of the Roses is a direct result of how the Hundred Years War ended. Secondly, his navigation of the historiography of Richard III as either a hero or villan. The first argument is developed at the beginning of the book, while the second comes at the very end. Both are interesting and explained well.

However, everything in between, which is at least 70% of the book, is bewildering, confusing, and complicated to the average reader
Abigail Hartman
Mar 30, 2013 Abigail Hartman rated it liked it
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The author's introduction to this book states its purpose well: to provide a brief, helpful overview of the struggles between the Plantagenet branches of Lancaster and York. The book follows through admirably. It is no easy thing to untangle the threads of factions, families, and shifting loyalties, and I confess I found it difficult to keep track of all the names of lesser nobility: there is a family tree provided, but it is (perhaps necessarily) somewhat difficult to follow and of course ...more
This book is not fiction - but neither can it be described as non-fiction. Un-fiction maybe?

The historical coverage of the text is good - stretching from 1399 through until 1485 - with a precis of happenings thereafter - however the author has a scanty bibliography, cites quotations from sources that are not included in his scanty bibliography, and takes direct quotes from sources without any form of referencing.

If you are wanting an easy read that explains some of the politics behind the Wars o
Kine Torstensen
This book I stumbled upon in the library randomly, and picked it up because I am really interested in this subject. I must admit I thought it would be more like a historical fiction, so it was hard to get through it after starting. There was a lot of dates and names of places and people, all at once, that I felt I had to remember and go back to often. I wanted to finish it and afterwards I did not regret picking it up. As I got into it it was easier to keep up and I felt like I learned a lot.
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[My Amazon review - 29 Jan 2007]

I first read this when I was a teenager and have read it a few times since.

Exploring, as the title suggests, the causes, dramas, and battles of the Wars of the Roses, those between the two houses of York and Lancaster during the 15th century and the eventual Tudor victory.

This book is very readable with good background knowledge of past events and delves into good detail of the battle plans and family backgrounds at the time of these wars and what became after the
Oct 22, 2013 Nina-Alexa rated it liked it
(to be honest i finished reading this quite a long time ago, i only forgot about existence) Very informative book, although i didn't like author's sense of drama, which is here probably to spice up certain historical events
Karan Wilson
Jan 29, 2016 Karan Wilson rated it liked it
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This was a fairly simple book about the wars of the roses, it told the facts in a way that is great for someone who doesn't have a broad knowledge of that period. But I feel it left out a lot of details and important people. Having said that it's an enjoyable enough read.
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Robin Hunter Neillands was a British writer who specialized in travel and military history. He also wrote under several pen names: Robin Hunter, Rob Hunter, Neil Lands and Debbie Hunter.

Neillands served in 45 Commando, Royal Marines in Cyprus and the Middle East. Afterwards, as a salesman for Pan Books, he travelled widely. In Britain, he founded Spur Books and through them published his early tra
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