The Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses

The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors

Book - 2014
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The crown of England changed hands five times over the course of the fifteenth century, as two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the death for the right to rule. In this follow-up to The Plantagenets, historian Dan Jones describes how the longest-reigning British royal family tore itself apart until it was finally replaced by the Tudors. Some of the greatest heroes and villains of history were thrown together in these turbulent times, from Joan of Arc to Henry V, whose victory at Agincourt marked the high point of the medieval monarchy, and Richard III, who murdered his own nephews in a desperate bid to secure his stolen crown. This was a period when headstrong queens and consorts seized power and bent men to their will. With descriptions of the battles of Towton and Bosworth, where the last Plantagenet king was slain, this narrative history revels in bedlam and intrigue.
Publisher: New York : Viking, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780143127888
Branch Call Number: 942.04 JONES
Characteristics: xxiii, 392 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, genealogical tables ; 25 cm


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Aug 08, 2017

Wonderful read. I picked this up after reading The Plantagenets and I couldn't put it down. Highly recommend.

May 22, 2015

As with the prior book in this series, this book of history is a real page turner. It's amazing how much ground Jones can cover, making you feel the bones of each monarch's reign and how it was important, both then and now, within the context of the ongoing sweep of history. He lets his own biases show, but always backing them up with deep research. Wonderful reading, highly recommended even for non-history buffs. You'll understand our own times better for reading this, whatever your nationality. The important women in the story get their due here, for a change. Good maps and genealogical charts make it easier to follow the story.


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