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The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors

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And to quote my previous review of the authors work “A pity really as there is a magnificent Further Reading chapter at the end and the (Epilogue) was also a good read.

the gloriously resonant title title of Dan Jones's brilliant account of the Wars of the Roses - The Hollow Crown - conjures up Shakespeare's influence not just on our language but on the ways in which we think about our past . England was dependent on the good will of the adults around a king who was too young to rule, and that good will proved in short supply.Edmund de la Pole, a nephew of Edward IV who had fled the realm, was captured in 1506 and remained imprisoned for life. Going into it, I had strong opinions about the warring families, having studied the Tudors for 16 years and Shakespeare’s histories in college—but also because my ancestors had been strong supporters of the Lancastrian claim.

I realize after reading The Wars of the Roses that fifteenth century England was not much different. Henry VI was a born saint - and that was just the problem as Dan Jones shows in this racy and vigorous new narrative history. The revenge of the French for their humiliation at Agincourt would prove to lie in her blood, for it passed to their son a strain of madness inherited from her father, who had suffered bouts of insanity in which he used to run through his palaces naked and screaming, covered in his own excrement.

York’s closest supporter, the Earl of Warwick, was a member of his family and the fiercest defenders of the status quo, Beauforts and Tudors, were close in blood to the King. We tend to gloss over European history in the way that we skip from the Black Death and the collapse of the feudalism system in Europe to the Tudors, Queen Elizabeth, Shakespeare, and the beginnings of British imperialism. It is forbidden to copy anything for publication elsewhere without written permission from the copyright holder. One of Henry VI’s earliest advisers, William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk, was blamed for the loss of Normandy and ended his days on Dover beach, his head stuck on a pole next to its truncated corpse.

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