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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wars of the Roses - clear and concise!
This is concise and readable account of the major battles of The Wars of the Roses, with enough political background to enable the reader to understand events and motivations without getting too bogged down. The illustrations for each battle are helpful for the non-military historian in visualising what happened, especially for battles such as Barnet, where the fighting...
Published on 6 Jan 2005 by Mrs. D. J. Smith

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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
Being a Richard 111 advocate I found this book to be non-pulse raising & rather disappointing.Nothing new contained in it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wars of the Roses - clear and concise!, 6 Jan 2005
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Mrs. D. J. Smith "eowyngreenleaf" (Luton, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Hollow Crowns: History of the Battles of the Wars of the Roses (Paperback)
This is concise and readable account of the major battles of The Wars of the Roses, with enough political background to enable the reader to understand events and motivations without getting too bogged down. The illustrations for each battle are helpful for the non-military historian in visualising what happened, especially for battles such as Barnet, where the fighting rotated through 90 degrees, resulting in returning Lancastrian troops to mistakenly attack their own allies. Richardson concludes with an interesting appendix on the fate of the Princes in the Tower. He presents his theory on their fate, having occurred to him during the writing of the book and the examination of the political climate and events. This is certainly a plausible explanation and food for thought. Richardson expands on this theory in The Deceivers, which is also concisely and lucidly written and well worth reading, particularly as a companion volume.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book, 21 Jan 2000
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B. Adorjan "roseofraby" (Wales) - See all my reviews
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Mr. Richardson has made it easy for anyone trying to understand the Wars of the Roses. Many battles were fought in this 30-year period and Mr. Richardson has but them in a simple format with careful explanation. He has succeeded in writing a fascinating book focusing on the battles and making us understand how things happened and why. I highly recommended it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 11 July 2003
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This review is from: The Hollow Crowns: History of the Battles of the Wars of the Roses (Paperback)
What impressed me more than anything was the simple straight-forward manner in which Richardson has written this book.
Warfare and battle tatic, simply defined and explained in a manner most historians should make note of!
The author's passion shines through clearly and it's obvious his goal is to unwind the confusions and takes the reader step by step through the battles of the Wars of the Roses in such a way no other book has.
Simply put it skips the prattle and to quote Tolkien 'uses the common language' and gets straight to the point.
It cleary defines strategy, tatics, and errors made...and it is brilliant in its tone and wording. A must read and def. rec.
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4.0 out of 5 stars History of the Wars of the Roses 1455-1485, 19 July 2012
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Mr. Edward Sayers (North Shields, England) - See all my reviews
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The Wars of the Roses were a series of dynastic wars fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: the houses of Lancaster and York (whose heraldic symbols were the "red" and the "white" rose, respectively) for the throne of England. They were fought in several sporadic episodes between 1455 and 1485, although there was related fighting both before and after this period. The final victory went to a relatively remote Lancastrian claimant, Henry Tudor, who defeated the last Yorkist king Richard III and married Edward IV's daughter Elizabeth of York to unite the two houses. The House of Tudor subsequently ruled England and Wales for 117 years.

The Kings ranged from the idiot Henry VI (of Lancaster) to the scheming, and fortunate Henry VII (Henry Tudor), via the warrior/general Edward IV (of York), uncrowned boy Edward V, and the slandered Richard III.

Geoffrey Richardson (1929-2003) wrote a very readable and concise book about the bloodiest 30 years in English History, one of a series of five books about the Wars of the Roses and the families involved.

Book rec'd in as new condition, and well packaged.

Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear history, 27 April 2012
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The battlemaps are very good clear and unclutted.Text also well written with interest by the author we need more books like this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 27 July 2008
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It can be really confusing reading about battles so the clear explanations and the diagrams in this book really help. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of the WOR battles, 10 May 2014
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A very good little book, really useful especially for someone new to the period.
Strangely the book finishes with Bosworth field and not the final battle with the York pretender - Stoke Field.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, 21 Mar 2014
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For a quick reference to specific battles it is fine and in general it gives a good basic understanding of each one. It would not stand as a reference source on its own but it is sound when used as a basis for further research. I can't say I was convinced by the conclusion the author reached regarding the Princes in the Tower but we'll be argueing about that for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear Concise and well written, 26 July 2013
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Malcolm (Edlesborough, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Hollow Crowns: History of the Battles of the Wars of the Roses (Paperback)
The Hollow Crowns was the first book from the late Geoffrey Richardson
and is an excellent account of the battles which comprised the Wars of
the Roses.
From the first battle of St Albans 1455 to the death of good King Richard
III at Bosworth in 1485 we have all the facts required to allow even my
sometimes forgetful mind to place the battles in time and order.

Well written in a narrative style and including some excellent battle-maps
by Roy Barton, this book is well worthy of a place in the bookshelves of all
Ricardians.
First published in 1996 and now out of print, good quality used copies can
still be purchased from third party sellers even though some are at rip-off
prices. I was lucky enough to purchase a signed copy from PRE LOVED BOOKS
at less than £3, and it was as good as new. Some sellers are asking for
almost £80 per copy !

A few Ricardian outlets and museums such as that at York are selling this
book at near original prices which was £6.
Includes pedigree charts for the House of Plantagenet and House of Neville.
Plus a short paragraph or two on finding the battlefields today.

120 pages
with photographs and line drawings.
Worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Sep 2014
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Mr. T. Jones "Tim Jones" (Barry, Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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Excellent
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