Tag Archives: The 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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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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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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Lords and Commons in Late Medieval England

As the government’s bill to trigger article 50 and leave the European Union progresses through the House of Lords, the relationship between the Lords and the Commons is once more under discussion. In today’s blog, Dr Simon Payling, Senior Research Fellow … Continue reading

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Richard III The King in the Car Park

In honour of the fourth anniversary of the discovery of Richard III remains here is the complete documentary of the historic event.  

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