The Wars of the Roses
By Alison Weir
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345404336, 496pp.)
Publication Date: June 25, 1996
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Lancaster and York. For much of the fifteenth century, these two families were locked in battle for control of the English throne. Kings were murdered and deposed. Armies marched on London. Old noble names were ruined while rising dynasties seized power and lands. The war between the royal houses of Lancaster and York, the most complex in English history, profoundly altered the course of the monarchy. Alison Weir, one of the foremost authorities on British history, brings brilliantly to life both the war itself and the larger-tha-life figures who fought it on the great stage of England. The Wars of the Roses is history at its very best—swift and compelling, rich in character, pageantry, and drama, and vivid in its re-creation of an astonishing period of history.
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“Weir does a masterful job of leading the layman through the entwined family trees of England’s powerful families. . . . [She] has perfected the art of bringing history to life.”—Chicago Tribune
“[A] spellbinding chronicle . . . [Alison] Weir’s dark, glorious pageant restores the personal dimension to an oft-told tale without losing sight of a war that shattered feudalism, paved the way for capitalism, and weakened the monarchy.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[Weir is] skilled at delineating the many memorable characters of the age. . . . It’s a tribute to her skill that she leaves you wanting more.”—The Plain Dealer
“A magnificent history.”—The Boston Globe