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Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses by [Santiuste, David]
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"A pleasing and well-informed appraisal of the first Yorkist king. Santiuste provides a clear and cogent survey of the battles that put Edward on the throne, and the ones that kept him there" (Dr Michael Jones, co-author of The Women of the Cousins' War)

"A valuable and thought-provoking addition to the canon, which ought to become required reading for anyone interested in the reign of the first Yorkist monarch" (Dr Hannes Kleineke, The Ricardian)

"A convincing, well-argued portrayal of one of England's most talented but perhaps least appreciated kings, focusing on his skills as a battlefield leader, an area in which he excelled" (Historyofwar.org)

"Altogether, this well-researched, cogently argued and eminently readable account paints a vivid picture of Edward IV as a courageous and able soldier, capable of utter ruthlessness when the occasion demanded" (Helen Cox, Towton Battlefield Society)

"A new and ultimately riveting book … shows exactly why historical biographies are vital in engaging enthusiasts, novice or professional" (Medieval Warfare)

"A readable, easy way to follow the ups and downs of the conflicts, skilfully using contemporary and academic sources ... Overall, this is a fine study of the Wars of the Roses that focuses on Edward IV and military operations" (Dr William Young, University of North Dakota)

"Concise, detailed and action-packed … essential reading" (Thehistoryherald.com)

"An extremely worthy addition to any historian’s bookshelves" (Shropshire Star)

About the Author

David Santiuste studied history at the University of St Andrews. He has published articles on various aspects of late medieval culture, including warfare, and is a member of the Royal Historical Society. He currently lives in Edinburgh.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1746 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword (15 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009EE9MA2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I do enjoy reading about history, but most books are either too brief and leave me wanting to know more, or else they are so long winded that I get bored and do not finish them. I saw the good reviews for this book and being Lancastrian born of Yorkshire blood, it is a period of history I find interesting.

I was very glad I got this book. Really well written. Easy to follow, except perhaps all the Earls and Lords, who changed their allegiance more often than I change my shoes, and plenty of detail about Edward's rise to power and subsequent battles with the Lancastrians. Lots of politics both national and with France and Burgundy is described too. Ironically these people living 600 years ago travelled around the UK more frequently and widely than I ever have. I don't understand one of the other reviewers here who criticises the author for being slightly non-committal on some aspects of the story. It is clear, that from the available sources of contemporary literature, the exact nature of what took place can be difficult to pin down with any degree of certainty. I'd rather the author point out why a certain source could be coloured by personal opinion, rather than paint over it with a definitive, "this is what happened". No, it is evident throughout the book that this chap has done his research well, and his ability to tell a story is first class. Thank you for getting me interested in British history again.

I see from the other reviews that this is his first book. I too shall be keeping an eye out for his second.
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I really enjoyed this book. It seems to be the authors first, and I will certainly be on the lookout for others by him in the future! It's written in a way that is companionable as well as being erudite. The level of detail is impressive, and the research clearly thorough, but the narrative is never submerged by it; Santiuste has a clear sense of the story he wishes to tell and guides us through a mass of information and competing hypotheses with assured skill and no little flair. He doesn't seem to force the evidence to conform to any preconceived theory, though, and is not afraid to say when the detail of an event is uncertain, or when the motive for an action can only ever be a matter for speculation, and it's refreshing to hear from a historian who is prepared to advance his own point of view with authority without claiming omniscience!
The period of the Wars of the Roses must be one of the most fascinating in all British history, and this book paints it for us in vivid colours while thoroughly re-examining and redefining Edward IV's role and military reputation. I liked the way it gave due credit to Edward's political astuteness and capacity to compromise and forgive. We get the impression of a leader whose warring prowess was founded on more measured qualities than the militaristic belligerence that has often garnered greater rewards from history for lesser kings. Well worth reading - both for those already familiar with the history of this period and with Edward's story, and for those who are not!
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Being a born and bred Yorkshireman, I have to embarrassingly admit that, before reading this book, I knew next to nothing about the Wars of the Roses and the fascinating events that occured literally a few miles away from my home. After seeing this book on Amazon, I decided to take a punt and see if I could explore more about this strangely unexplored area of British history...and I am so happy that I did. David Santiuste has done an excellent job of chronicling and describing the events that occured in the fifteenth century between the Yorkists and the Lancastrians.

One thing that surprised me was that the battles were fought all over the country, from the Battle of St Albans in the south to battles fought right near Carlisle in the north. The book documents them all in detail. One battle which definitely deserves mention is that fought at Towton, where 28,000 men lost their lives in a single day...the highest number of deaths suffered on an English battlefield in our history. The author looks at the battle in detail and explains how the Yorkists troops managed to defeat the Lancastrians and cause a rout, sending the fleeing men to their deaths down a sheer valley face or to be drown in the nearby river. Maps are also included to help explain the battle which I found very useful.

The book is set out in chronological order and starts when Edward IV was a small boy. David does an excellent job of informing the reader of how this great man developed into one of the most formidable generals of the time. Edward IV was actually undefeated in battle, an accolade that few King's can claim. His first experience of warfare took place at St. Albans in 1455 when he was just 13 years old! When he was just 18 years old, he had command of his own troop.
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This has to be the best book on Edward IV I have read. The author concentrates on Edward during the most effective period of his life. There is no distraction about whether he was legitimate, committed bigamy, was an idle womaniser or what happened to his son's. This book puts Edward where he belongs as one of our greatest and most inspirational warrior kings. It illustrates his coolness and determination during the struggle with the Earl of Warwick as to who should really rule and his abilities as a leader. At last we have a book about the true Edward. highly recommended

Pauline Harrison Pogmore
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