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The Wars of the Roses: The Key Players in the Struggle for Supremacy

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In the second half of the fifteenth century, for over thirty years, civil war tore England apart. However, its roots were deeper and its thorns were felt for longer than this time frame suggests.The Wars of the Roses were not a coherent period of continual warfare. There were distinct episodes of conflict, interspersed with long periods of peace. But the struggles never re ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 15th 2015 by Amberley Publishing (first published June 4th 2015)
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Sarah Bryson
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Matthew Lewis’ book has to be one of the best books on the Wars of the Roses that I have ever read. I went into the book having some previous knowledge of the Wars of the Roses but I openly admit I did not know who all of the players, events or battles were. (Let’s face it, spanning well over thirty years the Wars of the Roses can be quite confusing at times with multiple Kings, people and even a whole country involved!) Matthew Lewis’ book was clear, concise and brilliantly written. I was able ...more
Éowyn
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I'll admit that this book does look pretty text-dense, but I was pleasantly surprised to find how readable it was. There are some colour plates in the middle of the book, but otherwise it's all text. My only thought here would be that a few simplified family trees (perhaps as an appendix?) and possibly some battle diagrams might improve this further?

From the title, it does sound a bit as if this is an A-Z of personalities involved in the conflict; it is not. The first few chapters do seem to con
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Paul Taylor
Aug 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Phew; this narrative takes some following with its cast of thousands but with so few names and so many titles. All that can be said for certain was that the period of history that included the War of the Roses was complex, convoluted, confusing and cannot be unravelled without a great deal of supposition (and even then without certainty).
Rich Stone
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: history-medieval
Another solid work on the Wars of the Roses. It did a nice job of covering people and events leading up to the conflict and the 32 years normally attributed to the Wars. As is usually the case sections on the "Princes in the Tower" and events after 1487 are bit more speculative.

There's a section in the back with various sources for additional research.
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Martins Prusis
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Clear and entertaining layout of the events of the Wars of the Roses. Important events with unknown actual happenings (like the fate of the two princes of the Edward IV), analyzed from a variety of possible angles. Great reading if you are a fan of the Medieval History.
Joanne Tognarelli
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting & bloody part of history - lots of fighting & nobility not behaving that noble
Annika Hipple
A good but not exceptional overview of the Wars of the Roses. For the most part, Lewis writes in an engaging style, but there are occasional ungrammatical sentences and misspellings (taught instead of taut, born instead of borne, etc.) Though I get the feeling that Lewis sympathizes more with the house of York, his account is pretty evenhanded, which I liked. I particularly appreciated his fair treatment of Richard III, whom Lewis presents as neither a villain nor a saint, but as a man of his ti ...more
Hannah
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, not-owned
An engaging accessible account of the War of the Roses. Seemed well researched and a good book to read as a start to getting to know the period. I would have liked to see a family tree & perhaps a list of historical figures as it got a bit difficult keeping track of the many people called George or Edward!
Raymond
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My favourite book on the Wars of the Roses.
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Matthew Lewis is the author of histories and historical fiction novels about Richard III and the Wars of the Roses. The medieval period is a particular passion of Matthew’s, a passion he hopes to share through his blog. He is dedicated to teaching and discussing this period, operating two history podcasts and providing bite-sized facts to his Twitter and Facebook following.

Lewis has degree in Law
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