The Wars of the Roses: Politics and the Constitution in England, C.1437-1509 (Cambridge Medieval Textbooks) Paperback – 12 Jan 2008
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'… this is a very important book which challenges many of the orthodoxies prevalent in late-medieval studies. By building on recent research, it brings important new ideas to a wider audience and skilfully combines an understanding of both the national and local dimensions of politics. It will doubtless set the agenda for future research for some years to come.' The Ricardian
The Wars of the Roses were a period of major crisis in English politics and in the lives of the English landowning classes. This book attempts to explain why the Wars happened, and with what results, by placing them in the context of the ruling classes' expectations of kingship and governance at this time.See all Product Description
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