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Blood Roses

The Houses of Lancaster and York before the Wars of the Roses

Kathryn Warner



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01 November 2020
In 1453, Richard, Duke of York, claimed the throne of England from his Lancastrian kinsman Henry VI, and set off a series of conflicts between rival branches of the English royal family, better known as the Wars of the Roses. Blood Roses traces the origins of this bitter rivalry all the way back to 1245 with the birth of the first Earl of Lancaster, Henry III's younger son, Edmund. Thomas, the second Earl, was the first cousin and most dangerous enemy of King Edward II, and ended up being executed after a decade and half of rivalry and conflict. Thomas's nephew Henry, the first Duke of Lancaster, was one of the great figures of the fourteenth century and was the father-in-law of Edward III's third son John of Gaunt, probably the most famous member of the House of Lancaster. Edward III's fourth son Edmund of Langley founded the House of York in 1385; his son Edward was killed at Agincourt in 1415 and was the uncle of Richard, duke of York. Blood Roses takes the reader through 170 years of bloody warfare and political intrigue, and sets the scene for one of the most famous conflicts in English history. AUTHOR: Kathryn Warner has been a recognised expert on the reign of Edward II (1307-27) for more than ten years. She currently works part-time as an English teacher, and carries out historical research on the fourteenth century. She gives lectures about Edward, his life and reign and possible survival after 1327, in the UK and in Italy. Her biography Edward II: The Unconventional King (Amberley, 2015) has to date sold almost 3,000 copies in hardback and e-book alone. 20 colour illustrations
By:   Kathryn Warner
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9780750994859
ISBN 10:   0750994851
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   01 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kathryn Warner has been an expert on the reign of Edward II for more than ten years and is recognised as one of the country's leading medieval historians. Long Live the King: The Mysterious Fate of Edward II, her previous book for The History Press, challenged the historical orthodoxy around Edward's death. She writes on

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