Post-classical history

Lancaster And York: The Wars of the Roses

Lancaster And York: The Wars of the Roses

The war between the houses of Lancaster and York for the throne of England was characterised by treachery, deceit and - at St Albans, Blore Hill and Towton, - some of the bloodiest and most dramatic battles on England's soil. Between 1455 and 1487 the royal coffers were bankrupted and the conflict resulted in the downfall of the houses of Lancaster and York and the emergence of the illustrious Tudor dynasty.

Alison Weir's lucid and gripping account focuses on the human side of history, on the people and personalities involved in the conflict. At the centre of the book stands Henry VI, the pious king whose mental instability led to political chaos, Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York and Henry's rival, and most important of all, Margaret of Anjou, Henry's wife who took up her arms in her husband's cause and battled for many years in a violent man's world.


Chapter 1. The Riches of England

Part I: The Origins of the Conflict

Chapter 2. A Race of Magnates

Chapter 3. The Usurping Dynasty

Chapter 4. The Flower of Christian Chivalry

Chapter 5. The Child King

Chapter 6. A Simple and Upright Man

Chapter 7. ‘A Queen Not Worth Ten Marks’

Chapter 8. The Daisy Flower

Chapter 9. Murder at Sea

Chapter 10. John Amend-All

Chapter 11. ‘A Great Division between York and Lancaster’

Chapter 12. ‘A Sudden and Thoughtless Fright’

Part II: The Wars of the Roses

Chapter 13. The Wars of the Roses

Chapter 14. An Uneasy Peace

Chapter 15. ‘A Great and Strong Labour’d Woman’

Chapter 16. The Paper Crown

Chapter 17. The Sun in Splendour

Chapter 18. The Bloody Meadow

Chapter 19. ‘A Person Well Worthy To Be King’

Chapter 20. Fugitives

Chapter 21. ‘Now Take Heed What Love May Do’

Chapter 22. Secret Negotiations

Chapter 23. The Queen and M. de Warwick

Chapter 24. The Readeption of Henry VI

Chapter 25. ‘The Perfect Victory’

Chapter 26. To Tewkesbury and the Tower

Simplified Genealogical Tables

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