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Edward IV

(The English Monarchs)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In his own time Edward IV was seen as an able and successful king who rescued England from the miseries of civil war and provided the country with firm, judicious, and popular government. The prejudices of later historians diminished this high reputation, until recent research confirmed Edward as a ruler of substantial achievement, whose methods and policies formed the fou ...more
Paperback, 510 pages
Published January 21st 1998 by Yale University Press (first published June 1974)
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Jamie Adair
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Charles Ross' Edward IV remains, to the best of my knowledge, the definitive work on Edward IV, even though Ross published it way back in 1974. There are other excellent works on Edward IV; however, none are as comprehensive and analytic.

Recent biographies about the Wars of the Roses king, tend to focus on specific aspects of his reign or military career. In some cases, they build upon Ross' research, disprove it, or surpass it. Nonetheless, this seminal book is well worth reading.

This is an ac
Edmund Marlowe
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Asked which of her predecessors she would dine with if it were possible to choose any one, Queen Victoria answered “Charles II”, a most understandable choice. Of all the others, Edward IV was surely the most similar: another tall, charming and pleasure-loving ladies’ man. If he did not share his merry descendant’s famous wit, he surely made up for it with spectacular good looks: “I do not remember having seen a more handsome prince” said Commynes, his sharpest contemporary critic. Among the many ...more
Jeremy Perron
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
There is an old phrase that goes `never hire two brothers to work for you, because they will always be more loyal to each other than they will ever be to you, and if they are not, who can trust a man who cannot trust his own brother?' The sons of the Duke of York were apparently not very trust worthy. Over all King Edward IV seems to have been a very good king, but his family problems would show why the House of York would not reign long after its founder.

This book is interesting not only for wh
Pure mastery from Charles Ross. This is the best book on Edward IV that I've ever read. The analysis is so detailed, Ross's argument is logical, if at times questionable, but always supported. It's a bit heavy going and Ross is by no means a fantastic writer, but if you can get into it, it's well worth it.
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Victoria Johnston
This is a very well written and well researched book. There are unfortunately not very many books on Edward IV and his life/reign. Most of the books out there seem to focus on the War of the Roses rather than his policies/finances/reign etc. This gives a nice overview of both his first decade before the Readeption and his second decade following the end of the Civil War. It does read a bit like a textbook at times and has a tendency to verge on the dry every now and again but it is well worth a ...more
Mike Luoma
Apr 09, 2014 rated it liked it
While a foundational modern work on Edward IV, Ross here is still limited by his own biases and the school of British Historical thought he came from. Students of Ross - and they are legion - will disagree with this assessment, I'm sure. But much has been learned since this influential biography was first released and, in this edition, re-released, and in light of more recent developments some of Ross' assumptions can strike the reader as quaint.

In some ways, this is because of the order in whic
Sep 05, 2014 rated it liked it
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A thoroughly exhausted of study on Edward IV, very comprehensive and analytic regarding all aspects of his life. Doubtful there is a better study of Edward IV ever written.
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Charles Derek Ross (1924 – 1986) was an English historian of the Late Middle Ages, specialising in the Wars of the Roses. He was Professor of Medieval History at the University of Bristol until his death in 1986, when he was killed by an intruder in his own home.

His best known works are his biographies of Edward IV and Richard III in the Yale English Monarchs series. These influential books were t

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