This was a difficult book to rate I could have gone three stars or four.On the positive side the discussion of the family trees was among the most lucid I ve read and the author points out some interesting relationships that most other authors do not emphasize Further, the narrative through the various battles is crisp and concise.On the negative side, a large portion of the book is dedicated to events after Bosworth in 1485 It s entirely reasonable to cover the supposed re emergence of Edward and or Richard i.e., the two Princes in the tower but I just found the amount of material dedicated to thisthan needed It should also be noted that while the other portions of the book are stated confidently these sections contain a lot of maybe and could have , etc.In the middle ground the author is openly pro Ricardian This doesn t bother me as I don t claim to have studied the issue closely enough to come down one way or the other But, if you will be offended by the author assuming Edward IV s marriage to Elizabeth Woodville was definitely illegitimate because he was earlier married or that the two Princes were likely not murdered and if they were Richard III didn t do it then this book is probably not your cup of tea.As a bottom line I found this easy to read quickly and full of enough useful information to recommend it. A whole new way of looking at the conflict A fantastic read The Wars Of The Roses Call To Mind Bloody Battles, Treachery And Deceit, And A Cast Of Characters Known To Us Through Fact And Fiction Edward IV, Elizabeth Woodville, Richard III, Warwick The Kingmaker, The Princes In The Tower, Henry Tudor But The Whole Era Also Creates A Level Of Bewilderment Among Even Keen Readers John Ashdown Hill Gets Right To The Heart Of A Thorny Subject, Dispelling The Myths And Bringing Clarity To A Topic Often Shrouded In ConfusionBetweenAnd , A Series Of Dynastic Wars For The Throne Of England Were Fought These Have Become Known As The Wars Of The Roses But There Never Was A Red Rose Of Lancaster This Book Sets The Record Straight On This And Many Other Points, Getting Behind The Traditional Mythology And Reaching Right Back Into The Origins Of The Conflict To Cut An Admirably Clear Path Through The Thicket
Louis John Frederick Ashdown Hill MBE FSA 5 April 1949 18 May 2018 , commonly known as John Ashdown Hill, was an independent historian and author of books on late medieval English history with a focus on the House of York and Richard III of England Ashdown Hill died 18 May 2018 of motor neurone disease.
- 336 pages
- The Wars of the Roses
- John Ashdown-Hill
- 23 January 2017 John Ashdown-Hill