Blood Royal: The Wars of the Roses: 1462-1485

Blood Royal: The Wars of the Roses: 1462-1485

by Hugh Bicheno


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The concluding volume to this rousing two-part history of the Wars of the Roses, England’s longest and bloodiest civil war, narrated by a master historian.
England, 1462.
The Yorkist Edward IV has been king for three years since his victory at Towton. The former Lancastrian King Henry VI languishes in the Tower of London. But Edward will soon alienate his backers by favoring the family of his ambitious wife, Elizabeth Woodville. And he will fall out with his chief supporter, Warwick “the Kingmaker,” with dire consequences.
Told with extraordinary authority and narrative verve, Blood Royal is the second part of a two-volume history of the dynastic wars fought between the houses of Lancaster and York for the English throne from 1450 until 1485. Hugh Bicheno tells the story of the Wars of the Roses as an enthralling, character-driven saga of interwoven families, narrating each chapter from the point of view of a key player in the wider drama.
This latest volume describes three Lancastrian attempts to overthrow the Yorkists, ending with the death of Edward's successor, Richard III, at Bosworth in 1485—and the accession of Henry VII and the rise of the Tudor dynasty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681774282
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Hugh Bicheno graduated fromCambridge and later joined the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). He is the author ofCrescent and Cross: The Battle of Lepanto 1571, Razor's Edge: The Unofficial History of the Falklands War,Elizabeth's Sea Dogs, and Battle Royal. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

List of Maps 1-32 x

List of Tables xi

Protagonists and Marriages xii

Maps 1-4 xxvi

Princes of the Blood Family Tree xxx

House of York Family Tree xxxii

House of Neville Family Tree xxxiv

House of Woodville Family Tree xxxvi

Preface xxxviii

Chronology of the events of Battle Royal xl

Prologue Legitimacy 1

I Edward 10

II Warwick 20

III Louis 30

IV Elizabeth 42

V Henchmen 53

VI Clarence 64

VII Edward 76

VIII Warwick 84

IX Kingship 93

X Treason 102

XI Coup d'état 111

XII Showdown 122

XIII Biter Bit 132

XIV Noises Off 144

XV Out of the Ashes 152

XVI Bloodless Victory 161

XVII The Arrival 170

XVIII Epic of Arms 181

XIX Crush the Seed 191

XX Gloucester 202

XXI Elizabeth 212

XXII Edward 221

XXIII Dishonour 230

XXIV Septic Siblings 241

XXV Money Matters 250

XXVI The Marches 260

XXVII Daggers in Men's Smiles 272

XXVIII Naked Villainy 282

XXIX Nemesis 293

XXX Hearts and Minds 304

XXXI Opening Moves 313

XXXII Endgame 323

XXXIII Checkmate 334

Epilogue Somewhat Musing 346

Appendix A English Peerage 1462-85, by seniority 352

Appendix B Archbishops and Bishops 1462-85 360

Appendix C Chief Office Holders 1462-85 362

Appendix D Titles, Lands, Honours and Offices of Richard 'The Kingmaker' Neville 363

Appendix E 1475 Expedition: Indentures 365

Appendix F Titulus Regius 369

Further Reading 375

Acknowledgements 382

Image Credits 382

Index 383

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