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Lancaster and York: The Wars of the Roses

Lancaster and York: The Wars of the Roses

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By (author) Alison Weir

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 38mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 4 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099540177
  • ISBN 13: 9780099540175
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps, ports., geneal. tables
  • Sales rank: 19,298

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The war between the houses of Lancaster and York for the throne of England was characterised by treachery, deceit and - at St Albans, Blore Hill and Towton, - some of the bloodiest and most dramatic battles on England's soil. Between 1455 and 1487 the royal coffers were bankrupted and the conflict resulted in the downfall of the houses of Lancaster and York and the emergence of the illustrious Tudor dynasty. Alison Weir's lucid and gripping account focuses on the human side of history, on the people and personalities involved in the conflict. At the centre of the book stands Henry VI, the pious king whose mental instability led to political chaos, Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York and Henry's rival, and most important of all, Margaret of Anjou, Henry's wife who took up her arms in her husband's cause and battled for many years in a violent man's world.

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Author information

Alison Weir lives and works in Surrey. Her books include Britain's Royal Families, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Children of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry VIII: King and Court, Mary, Queen of Scots, Isabella: She-Wolf of France, Queen of England, Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess, Elizabeth of York and the novels, Innocent Traitor and The Lady Elizabeth.

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"Weir provides immense satisfaction. She writes in a pacy, vivid style, engaging the heart as well as the mind" Independent "A joy to read" Economist "A lively account of plotting and intrigues" Daily Mail "An exciting and fast-moving account." -- Rachel Bellerby www.suite101.com