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The Wars of the Roses

Hugh Bicheno



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Head of Zeus
01 November 2019
History; British & Irish history; Early modern history: c 1450 to c 1700; Military history
A one-volume, essential history of England's longest and bloodiest civil war: the Wars of the Roses.


The Wars of the Roses were a prolonged brawl over an inheritance by a deeply dysfunctional extended family. The inheritance in question was the throne of England; the story is one of unbridled ambition and murderous treachery. From the 1450s, when the mentally unstable Henry VI struggled to control the violent feuding of his magnates, through the rise and fall of Richard of York, to the chaos and bloodshed of the 1470s which followed Edward IV's accession and his secret marriage to Elizabeth Woodville, this is a saga of ambition, intrigue and bloodshed. Charting a clear course through the dynastic and factional minefield of the era, and offering an authoritative analysis of the battles that ensued, Hugh Bicheno's The Wars of the Roses is a compelling one-volume account of England longest and bloodiest civil war.
By:   Hugh Bicheno
Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781789544725
ISBN 10:   1789544726
Pages:   768
Publication Date:   01 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Hugh Bicheno read history at Cambridge, and later joined the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). He is the author of Crescent and Cross: the Battle of Lepanto, Razor's Edge: the Unofficial History of the Falklands War and Elizabeth's Sea Dogs.

Reviews for The Wars of the Roses

PRAISE FOR HUGH BICHENO: 'Bicheno has an enviable ability to convey the horror of war' Literary Review, on The Crescent and the Cross. 'Invigoratingly fresh ... Rich, multi-layered' Sunday Telegraph, on The Crescent and the Cross. 'Gripping' John Keegan, on Razor's Edge.

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