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The Wars Of The Roses (A Royal History Of England) Hardcover – 21 Sep 2000

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; 01 edition (21 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304354686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304354689
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 691,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Antonia Fraser is the author of many widely acclaimed historical works, including the biographies MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS (a 40th anniversary edition was published in May 2009), CROMWELL: OUR CHIEF OF MEN, KING CHARLES II and THE GUNPOWDER PLOT (CWA Non-Fiction Gold Dagger; St Louis Literary Award). She has written five highly praised books which focus on women in history, THE WEAKER VESSEL: WOMEN'S LOT IN SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ENGLAND (Wolfson Award for History, 1984), THE WARRIOR QUEENS: BOADICEA'S CHARIOT, THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII, MARIE ANTOINETTE: THE JOURNEY (Franco-British Literary Prize 2001), which was made into a film by Sofia Coppola in 2006 and most recently LOVE AND LOUIS XIV: THE WOMEN IN THE LIFE OF THE SUN KING. She was awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000. Antonia Fraser was made DBE in 2011 for her services to literature. Her most recent book is MUST YOU GO?, celebrating her life with Harold Pinter, who died on Christmas Eve 2008. She lives in London.

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My interest in the Wars of the Roses was aroused with the recent discovery of the remains of Richard III. Previously, my knowledge was quite sparse as my formal studies in British History began with Henry VII. This book gives a good overview of the period from about 1400 to 1485 for anyone who has never quite understood it before. The diagrammatic representation of key people illustrating the competing claims to the Crown was especially helpful. My copy was second hand but was described as being in excellent condition, which it was. No doubt there are other publications that delve more deeply into this era, but this was a very good starting point.
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This book arrived in good time. I am pleased with the book itself, having already got the other books in this series. Very readable and informative. Only gripe is that the condition of the book was reported as 'very good' and there is some damage to the spine at one end and a few marks from its previous use (as a Liverpool library book)inside on the first couple of pages.
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This book is a brief survey of the events of this era and covers most of the important details relating to the dynastic quarrels.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Overview 23 Nov. 2008
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If you are looking for a quick way to get an idea of what was going on with the Houses of Lancaster and York during the 15th century, this little book might be just the ticket. It is a short book of only 101 pages, and the large number of illustrations reduce the text pages to only about 50.

The book includes a Genealogical Table starting with Edward III which helps immensely in understanding the complex relationships between the players. Since I found the table so useful, I would have liked it to have been more complete, and - something I wish for in most such tables - for there to have been some way to more readily recognize contemporaries. The table does help in knowing what's going on, though, particularly since the author refers to the players in different ways at different times; sometimes by first name alone, sometimes by title alone, sometimes as so-and-so's brother, etc. He seems to be unaware that the reader may not automatically know which Suffolk (for example) he is referring to. The result is that if you really want to piece together the picture of the Wars of the Roses, this little book can do the trick, but it takes longer to fully digest than the number of pages might suggest.

Also, note that Amazon refers to the book as "by Antonia Fraser (Editor)". The title page shows the book's author as Anthony Cheetham. It appears that the text of the entire book is excerpted directly from "The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England", also edited by Fraser and also available from Amazon. I couldn't identify anything as Fraser's either by attribution or by style, so if you are expecting to enjoy Fraser's writing and unique approach, you may be disappointed. All in all, though, the book did what I wanted it to do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Survey 27 Nov. 2013
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Great pamphlet (that's what it is) on The War Of The Roses. Great intro to the wars themselves while keeping things clear and tidy.
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