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War of the Roses, what to read?

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    Posted: 13-Nov-2006 at 00:23
Hi guys.  Can you guys recomend books on the English War of the Roses?  I am currently reading the novel "The Sunne in Splendour" which is about this war and i would really like to read some histories of this period.  Thanks guys!

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  Quote gcle2003 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Nov-2006 at 05:34
Originally posted by dlesko

Hi guys.  Can you guys recomend books on the English War of the Roses?  I am currently reading the novel "The Sunne in Splendour" which is about this war and i would really like to read some histories of this period.  Thanks guys!
 
The one on my bookshelf is Anthony Goodman's "The Wars of the Roses", which is I think good on the military history of the wars, which is probably what you're after.


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  Quote Reginmund Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Nov-2006 at 08:14
Alternatively Alison Weir's book with the same title, though more focused on political than military aspects.
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  Quote Timotheus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Nov-2006 at 20:30
Alison Weir's book is the only one I have read, but she is a good author, both in this respect and in others.
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  Quote Brian J Checco Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Feb-2007 at 13:08
The Penman (The Sunne in Splendour)Book gives a great historical overview and sense of feeling of the time of the Wars of the Roses. She's actually fairly accurate with dates, places, and militarily she's right on. Also, she gives us a more impartial look at Richard III (tragic), and is far fairer than Shakespeare, who made him a deformed monster. The mystery of the two princes will haunt him forever though, I believe.

Bernard Turnbull makes mention of the Roses in his book Rise and Fall of the Medieval Knight. The British Historical Society Online also offers some very interesting articles.
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  Quote Dawn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Feb-2007 at 20:06
Alison Weir's book the Princes in the Tower and Richard the third by Paul Murry Kendall  and blood-red the roses  by clifford alderman are all on the topic - sort of   
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I haven't read it yet, but I've recently been doing a course on the War of the Roses and the Tudors, and my tutor recommended 'Blood and Roses' by Helen Castor. It's a non-fiction book (though apparently reads like a novel), based on the Paston Letters. The Paston Letters are a collection of letters of written by the Paston family, an up and coming noble family during the Wars of the Roses.
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