The Wars of the Roses: Politics and the Constitution in England, C. 1437-1509 / Edition 1

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Overview

The Wars of the Roses was a period of major crisis in English politics and in the lives of the English landowning classes. This book attempts to explain why the Wars occurred, and with what results, by placing them in the context of the ruling classes' expectations of kingship and governance at that time. The book draws on a large amount of detailed work written over the past twenty-five years on local and national politics, to present a coherent synthesis of what can seem a baffling and incoherent period.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521318747
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Series: Medieval Textbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,173,887
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Introduction 1
1 Sources and historiography 4
2 The governance of England in the fifteenth century I: kings, kingship and political society 27
3 The governance of England in the fifteenth century II: nobility, gentry and local governance 47
4 The Lancastrian kings to c. 1437 67
5 Henry VI's adult rule: the first phase c. 1437-1450 87
6 The road to war: 1450-1455 116
7 The end of Lancastrian rule: 1455-1461 136
8 Edward IV's first reign: 1461-1471 156
9 The triumph of York: 1471-1483 182
10 Richard III and the end of Yorkist rule: 1483-1485 206
11 Henry VII and the end of the wars: 1485-1509 219
12 Conclusions 252
Bibliographical notes 269
Index 281
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