Indisputably the most effective general of the Wars of the Roses, Edward IV died in his bed, undefeated in battle. Yet Edward has not achieved the martial reputation of other warrior kings such as Henry V - perhaps because he fought battles against his own people in a civil war. It has also been suggested that he lacked the personal discipline expected of a truly great commander. But, as David Santiuste shows in this perceptive and highly readable new study, Edward was a formidable military leader whose strengths and subtlety have not been fully recognized. This reassessment of Edward's military role, and of the Wars of the Roses in which he played such a vital part, gives a fascinating insight into Edward the man and into the politics and the fighting. Based on contemporary sources and the latest scholarly research, Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses brings to life an extraordinary period of English history.
David Santiuste has a passion for medieval history. His interest was first inspired as a child, growing up in Yorkshire, visiting castles and battlefields with his family. He went on to study at the University of St Andrews, earning a master's degree with distinction. He currently teaches history at the Office of Lifelong Learning, University of Edinburgh.
David is the author of 'Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses', as well as various articles. His previous work includes a study of Richard III's 'Proclamation for the Reform of Morals', which was published in 'Medieval Sexuality: A Casebook'. He is also the creator, with Rae Tan, of the website 'Reflections of the Yorkist Realm' (www.yorkistrealm.com).