Category Archives: Wars of the Roses

Strategies of War in Westeros

Introduction: George R.R. Martin’s Westeros seems to have an unreasonably large number of battles compared to the real Middle Ages. In A Clash of Kings there are no less than five field actions during the course of Robb Stark’s one-year … Continue reading

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The Lost Coronation Of King Richard III

The coronation that took place on Sunday 6th July 1483 was, only a fortnight earlier, unplanned. London was prepared for a coronation, that of King Edward V on 22nd June but that was fated not to take place. Edward had … Continue reading

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5 Battles that Decided the Wars of the Roses

For around 30 years England saw an epic battle between two families – the house of York and the House of Lancaster. The war would see the rise of the Tudor Dynasty and the fall of the Plantagenets. Here are … Continue reading

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Uncovering Margaret of Anjou: A Queen More Sinn’d Against Than Sinning?

It is particularly apt to begin this exploration of the reputation associated with Margaret of Anjou (1430-1482) with a quote from Shakespeare. It is in his portrayals (in the Henry VI trilogy and in Richard III) where many people first … Continue reading

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Top 10 Strangest Deaths in the Middle Ages

  You may have heard how medieval rulers have been killed in battle or died from an assassin’s blade. But did you know about the king who died from uncontrollable laughing or the emperor who was dragged 16 miles through … Continue reading

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Marrying for Love: The Experience of Edward IV and Henry VIII

Should the monarch or heir to the throne marry for love? ‘Of course’ is the answer most people in Britain would give today, but history suggests otherwise. It is not just that the 1689 Bill of Rights and the 1701 … Continue reading

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What Happened To Prisoners Of War In Medieval England

Every medieval English monarch had to decide how to deal with prisoners of war. Ruling over territory that sometimes ran from the highlands of Scotland to the south of France, their authority rested on violence. Fighting the French, Scots, Welsh, … Continue reading

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