The Wars of the Roses: The Soldiers' Experience

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Historians have researched extensively the motives and fortunes of kings, nobles and gentlemen in the Wars of the Roses, that bewildering sequence of rebellions fought between 1455 and 1485. The shadows cast by the awesome puppet masters of the Wars, like Richard of York, Warwick the Kingmaker or Richard III, add to the mist which swirls around the mass of participants - Englishmen, Welshmen, women, children and even prostitutes. Mostly commoners, these were the ...
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Overview

Historians have researched extensively the motives and fortunes of kings, nobles and gentlemen in the Wars of the Roses, that bewildering sequence of rebellions fought between 1455 and 1485. The shadows cast by the awesome puppet masters of the Wars, like Richard of York, Warwick the Kingmaker or Richard III, add to the mist which swirls around the mass of participants - Englishmen, Welshmen, women, children and even prostitutes. Mostly commoners, these were the fifteenth-century equivalent of the 'Poor Bloody Infantry'.

But what sort of people were they? Why did they repeatedly buckle and saddle up for combat? What hopes and fears kept them awake at night? And what experiences did they have along the way that made them relish the excitement of the campaigns? In the sixteenth century, history would depict the Wars luridly as the theatres of blood reflected in Shakespeare's history plays. Here, for the first time, Anthony Goodman asks if such views really reflect the reality of the Wars of the Roses, and looks at fresh material from the participants themselves.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752437316
  • Publisher: Tempus Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Revealing History Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6
List of Abbreviations 8
1 Introduction: The Wars of the Roses Today 10
2 Attitudes to War 26
3 Soldiers 78
4 Campaigning 126
5 Hopes and Fears 173
6 Memories 201
7 The Legacy of the Wars 236
Notes 251
Map 274
Genealogical Tables 275
Illustration List 277
Select Bibliography 279
Index 285
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