The Wars of the Roses

Desmond Seward
Preface by the author

Claiming the lives of thousands, including three kings and eight dukes, the bloody conflict between the Houses of York and Lancaster fuelled three decades of turbulence. Desmond Seward's engrossing work focuses on five individuals from both sides, including Yorkist hero William Hastings, and Jane Shore, disgraced mistress of Edward IV.

'The getting of the garland, keeping it, losing and winning again, it hath cost more English blood than hath twice the winning of France.' So said the Duke of Buckingham in 1483 of the prolonged and bloody conflict between the Houses of York and Lancaster, which later became known as the Wars of the Roses. Between 1455 and 1487, it claimed the lives of three kings, a Prince of Wales, eight dukes and a third of the peerage, as well as thousands of knights and ordinary soldiers.

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