Lancaster Against York by Trevor Royle
The Wars of the Roses and the Foundation of Modern Britain

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In this sweeping history, Trevor Royle details one of the bloodiest episodes in British history. The prize was the crown of England, and the players were the rival houses of Lancaster and York. The dynastic quarrel threatened the collapse of the monarchy as a succession of weak rulers failed to deal with an overzealous aristocracy, plunging England into a series of violent encounters. The bloody battles and political intrigue between the rival heirs of King Edward III brought forth one of the most dynamic ruling families of England--the Tudors.

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Trevor Royle is a well-known, highly respected writer on the history of war and empire who has written many books. He is an Associate Editor of the Sunday Herald and he is a regular commentator on international affairs for BBC radio. He lives in Edinburgh.
Published July 22, 2008 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 380 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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(The sudden beheading of Duke John under Henry V is a particularly gruesome highlight.) Tensions mounted during these successive reigns, minor skirmishes broke out, and after a nine-month-old child became King Henry VI, Richard, Duke of York, sought to claim the throne from the Lancastrians.

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