The Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses


By (author) Michael Hicks


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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 236mm x 38mm | 762g
  • Publication date: 26 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300114230
  • ISBN 13: 9780300114232
  • Illustrations note: 24 black-&-white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 409,161

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The Wars of the Roses (1455-85) were a major turning point in English history. But the underlying causes for the successive upheavals have been hotly contested by historians ever since. In this original and stimulating new synthesis, distinguished historian Michael Hicks examines the difficult economic, military, and financial crises and explains, for the first time, the real reasons why the Wars of the Roses began, why they kept recurring, and why, eventually, they ceased. Alongside fresh assessments of key personalities, Hicks sheds new light on the significance of the involvement of the people in politics, the intervention of foreign powers in English affairs, and a fifteenth-century credit crunch. Combining a meticulous dissection of competing dynamics with a clear account of the course of events, this is a definitive and indispensable history of a compelling, complex period.

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Author information

Michael Hicks is professor of medieval history and head of the Department of History, University of Winchester, and a specialist on late medieval England. He lives in Winchester, UK.

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"All readers interested in late medieval history will appreciate this."-Brian Renvall, Library Journal -- Brian Renvall Library Journal