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The Wars of the Roses : peace and conflict in fifteenth-century England / John Gillingham.

Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [1981] .
ISBN 0807110051, 9780807110058

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Subjects England.
Grande-Bretagne -- Histoire -- 1455-1485 (Guerre des Deux-Roses)
Great Britain -- History -- Wars of the Roses, 1455-1485.
Great Britain -- History, Military -- 1066-1485.
Great Britain.
Description xv, 274 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Copyright Date [1981]
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 258-265) and index.
Summary The War of the Roses have traditionally been seen as the last dying convulsion of the Middle Ages, a marker between the medieval and the modern, and above all as a period of violence, horror and civil disorder. John Gillingham's new book shows that this is a spurious view of the period. His authoritative analysis of fifteenth-century warfare proves that the actual battles of the wars invovled far fewer men than has been assumed, and that, apart from the Northumbria and the Scottish border, England was a society organized for peace. The arts of peace flourished in the fifteenth century, which saw the beginning of printing in England, the rise of literacy and growing interest in vernacular architecture. The wars which sporadically interrupted that peace were fought in a manner calculated to bring them to a swift conclusion. The author shatters the Shakespearian myth of perpetual bloody conflict and shows that the wars had remarkably little effect on the social and religious life of the country or on the structure of politics. -- from dust cover.
Contents Introduction: the making of the myth -- This seat of peace -- The disciplines of war -- Henry VI: the careless king, 1422-50 -- Richard of York: the high and mighty prince, 1450-3 -- The road to St. Albans, 1453-5 -- Margaret of Anjou: the warlike queen, 1455-9 -- Five battles, 1459-61 -- The war in the north, 1461-4 -- Richard of Warwick: the discontented earl, 1465-70 -- The return of the old king, 1470-1 -- Coming in by the windows, 1471-83 -- The usurpation of Richard III: 1483 -- Henry Tudor: the ending of the wars, 1483-7.
Genre History.
Military history.
Geographic Area Great Britain
Network Numbers (OCoLC)8289637
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Gillingham, John.
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