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5.0 out of 5 stars For the real War of the Roses buff, 4 Jan 2013
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This review is from: The Military Campaigns of the Wars of the Roses (Hardcover)
I bought this book for my stepfather, and by all reports it is a good book. The book is now out of print, and up to £80 if bought "new". This was secondhand, but did not have a mark on it and was a fraction of the cost. Thank you to the vendor for providing it in quick time. Just a shame they did not do international postage as it had to go to Australia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent!, 11 Sep 2012
This review is from: The Military Campaigns of the Wars of the Roses (Hardcover)
This is one of the best books I ever bought and I highly recommend it. The author stays true to his promise - it's all about the military campaigns and battles and just enough about the politics to give a great overview of the wars. I enjoyed reading this book from start to end.
I would have liked to see a little more family trees and charts, showing who's who (the names and titles can become very confusing, especially if you're not very familiar with the British history), but in this case google helped me quite a bit. Anyway this was not a good enough reason to take away a star from the review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well written and easy to read, 12 Aug 2012
This review is from: The Military Campaigns of the Wars of the Roses (Hardcover)
i bought this book knowing nothing about this period of english history and was keen to find out. After reading this book, the wars of the roses have become my favourite topic largely because the book is so well written, each battle well documented and written grammar so easy to understand. This book is a fabulous introduction for anyone wanting to know about this epic and brutal conflict between the lancastrians and yorkists. The Kingmaker ruled!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, 26 Jan 2012
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Mark Stokle (Norwich, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Military Campaigns of the Wars of the Roses (Hardcover)
I bought this book as a teenager and have loved it ever since. It provides a detailed study of every battle of the Wars of the Roses - from the first Battle of St. Albans (1455) to the Battle of Stoke (1487) - fifteen battles in all. For each battle, the author provides an explanation placing the engagement in the context of its campaign, followed by the description of the encounter (with at least one or two maps), and its epilogue.

Some historians consider that the Wars of the Roses actually started with the Battle of Shrewsbury (1403), because this was the first attempt to remove a Lancastrian king by force of arms. A description of this battle is included as an appendix.

Haigh divides his book into four sections:

The first opens with a brief introduction to the background of the war, describing the struggle for power between Richard Duke of York and Edmund Beaufort, the Earl of Somerset. It then covers the first phase of the conflict up to the Yorkist victory at Towton in 1461 (the largest and bloodiest battle of the war).

The second part is very brief and records Edward IV's campaigns to wipe out what was left of Lancastrian resistance in Northumberland during 1464.

The third part looks at the revolt and downfall of Warwick the "Kingmaker", and the final defeat of the Lancastrians at Tewkesbury.

The final section examines the rise of the Tudor dynasty, Henry VII's victory at Bosworth Field, and the consolidation of his realm.

Haigh's work is the finest military history of the Wars of the Roses I have come across. His battle descriptions are first-rate, and his illustrations help the reader to mentally envisage how things occurred. The political analysis he conducts of this complex period is simple and lucid. Moreover, his survey is well referenced and meticulously researched. It leaves you with the impression of having learnt something worthwhile. In short, a fantastic book!
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