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One of the best on the subject,
This review is from: Lancaster And York: The Wars of the Roses (Paperback)
This is an incredibly important work, as despite there being a stack of books covering the period of the Wars of the Roses, no other gives a clear and concise background to the conflict (and such information is vital in understanding why it occurred), and there are few others that are as thorough in their approach, without descending into academic jargon.
I should point out that this deals primarily with the background from Edward III to Henry VI's reign, and then focuses upon the years 1455 to 1471, in other words, finishing with Henry VI's capture and murder after Tewkesbury. It is true that the conflict was to continue until Bosworth in 1485 (and technically until 1487), but I believe she has had other volumes dealing with these years.
I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone with an interest in late medieval England, and the Wars of the Roses, as it caters for most levels of knowledge, and deals with the characters behind the violence and politics. It is very well written, and as gripping as I have ever found a history text to be.
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Initial post: 17 Feb 2013 00:40:06 GMT
If Weir hasn't continued up to and just after the Battle of Bosworth, there seems little point in buying this as I'd see it as 'unfinished'...thank you for the informative write-up, it saved me wasting money.
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