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The Wars of the Roses
05 Sep 2019 * EBOOK * £7.99 * 9781789544732

A one-volume, essential history of England's longest and bloodiest civil war: the Wars of the Roses.

Non Fiction / HBLH (Modern History)
Extent: 768 pages
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The Wars of the Rosesby Hugh Bicheno


The Wars of the Roses were a prolonged brawl over an inheritance by a deeply dysfunctional extended family. The inheritance in question was the throne of England; the story is one of unbridled ambition and murderous treachery.

From the 1450s, when the mentally unstable Henry VI struggled to control the violent feuding of his magnates, through the rise and fall of Richard of York, to the chaos and bloodshed of the 1470s which followed Edward IV's accession and his secret marriage to Elizabeth Woodville, this is a saga of ambition, intrigue and bloodshed.

Charting a clear course through the dynastic and factional minefield of the era, and offering an authoritative analysis of the battles that ensued, Hugh Bicheno's The Wars of the Roses is a compelling one-volume account of England longest and bloodiest civil war.

Hugh Bicheno read history at Cambridge, and later joined the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). He is the author of Crescent and Cross: the Battle of Lepanto, Razor's Edge: the Unofficial History of the Falklands War and Elizabeth's Sea Dogs.

Page-turning history of an epic and bloody family saga.

The Wars of the Roses inspired George R.R. Martin.

Embellished with maps, family trees and images.

MARKET: Dan Jones; Game of Thrones; Thomas Penn.

'Bicheno has an enviable ability to convey the horror of war' Literary Review, on The Crescent and the Cross.
'Invigoratingly fresh... Rich, multi-layered' Sunday Telegraph, on The Crescent and the Cross.
John Keegan, on Razor's Edge

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