The Wars of the Roses: England's First Civil War

Author(s): Trevor Royle


THE WARS OF THE ROSES is the definitive account of one of the bloodiest episodes in British history ? wars between the houses of York and Lancaster. Trevor Royle provides a military history of the Wars while placing the conflict in the context of the time. This was a period with a rich legacy: William Caxton introduced the art of printing; there was a growing body of literature, such as Chaucer, in the English tongue; architecture flourished and great educational institutions were born such as Winchester School and King's College, Cambridge.


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'Spirited ... An elegant, even-handed and well-researched account of a fascinating period' Jonathan Wright, Tablet 'A fine, expansive drama' The Times 'This is a book that enacts its assumptions, suggesting what's at stake historically through sheer resonance and drive ... this unabashedly narrative approach highlights how the on-off struggle threw England into turmoil in the reign of six successive kings' Scotsman 'Well-written and readable ... readers will be both entertained and instructed' BBC History Magazine 'What lingers wonderfully is the darkness, betrayal and spiralling brutality that made for a world of little tragedies' Time Out

Military historian Trevor Royle is well-known for his books on war and imperialism, and was defence and foreign affairs specialist of SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY.

General Fields

  • : 9780349117904
  • : Little, Brown Book Group
  • : Abacus
  • : July 2010
  • : 198mm X 126mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2010
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Trevor Royle
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 942.04
  • : 512
  • : 16pp of b/w photos