Tag Archives: The Wars of the Roses

Faction and Politics for Dummies at the Outbreak of the Wars of the Rose

Part 1: Richard, Duke of York, becomes Protector of the Realm In 1454, Richard Duke of York, the leading peer of the realm – was given the poisoned chalice: he was appointed Protector of the Realm in view of the … Continue reading

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All you thought you knew about the Wars of the Roses, but didn’t… Episode One: Henry VI: the mad king?

There are two commonly held beliefs about Henry VI: either he was a simpleton or he was mad – not a great choice really… and of course, neither charge is actually supported by the evidence.

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On This Day

OTD 1485: The Battle of Bosworth, Richard III is killed and Henry Tudor was proclaimed King of England.

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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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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 Villains of the Middle Ages

Three weeks ago we took a look at medieval superheroes – here we present ten of the worst villains from the literature and legends of the Middle Ages.

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