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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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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (12 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521318742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521318747
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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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.

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Christine Carpenter is an interesting writer. She makes a lot of bold statements without really justifying them. They are just thrown out there with no explanation, which is really annoying when studying what she discusses. The book is easy and understandable to read so it is not a complete waste of money.
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Carpenter presents an interesting analytical account of the traumatic period of the Wars of the Roses. Unlike many academic books, the chronological nature keeps the work accessible without lacking in detail or complexity. Immediately the book sets up a detailed background picture of the fractured nature of English politics from Richard II until the victory of Henry VII.

Whether or not you agree with the thesis in support of Edward IV, it is an important text to understand as it draws very different conclusions from other writers of the period: particularly in the fragile success achieved by Edward IV after the effective chaos of Henry VI reign. The evaluation of the kings is excellent, although perhaps an over-reliance on 'norms' of Kingship suggesting Kings either fulfilling or deviating from the path of perfect rule is slightly misleading. But the use of source material is really enriching and overall I would say this is a must for any serious/semi-serious medievalist.
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I found this very dry and hard to follow - the chronology of events jumps about too much even for an academic publication. Many of the students on my course commented the same and our tutor pointed us to other established historians on the same subject
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