The War of the Roses

Robin Neillands

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This was the first book I read in regards to this subject, and I chose it at random off the shelf of my local library based mainly on it’s title. It is a subject I am interested in, but I had very little knowledge before I started reading. As an introductory book it was very good; it didn’t have the same tone as many history books which just throw you in at the deep end and expect you to keep up with their points.

The book began by setting the scene in terms of what was happening across Europe at the time of the start of the Wars of the Roses. About five pages in it has a two page genealogical table (family tree!) and also has an explanation in the pages that follow which explain all the family connections and who married who, which was very helpful.

The book then followed chronologically through the main events and battles that comprised the Wars of the Roses, providing basic facts, and often a map to show the layout of the battlefields. This enabled me to easily create a timeline for the subject, which can be found here.

However, this book did have some problems. It had a habit of referring to ‘Somerset’ or ‘Suffolk’ without mentioning who actually was the Duke or who replaced them when they died. It also sometimes gave unclear descriptions of events.

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