Post-classical history

A Brief History of the Wars of the Roses

A Brief History of the Wars of the Roses

A classic account of the bloody rivalry between the dynasties of York and Lancaster for the throne of England. During the fifteenth century England was split in a bloody conflict between the Houses of York and Lancaster over who should claim the crown. The civil wars consumed the whole nation in a series of battles that eventually saw the Tudor dynasty take power. In A Brief History of the Wars of the Roses, Desmond Seward tells the story of this complex and dangerous period of history through the lives of five men and women who experienced the conflict first hand. In a gripping narrative the personal trials of the principal characters interweave with the major events and personalities of one of the most significant turning points in British history.

Acknowledgements - Genealogical trees

CHRONOLOGY

‘Who’s Who’

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. The Five

Part I - THE WAY TO WAR, 1450–60

Chapter 3. Jack Cade’s Revolt, 1450

Chapter 4. Lady Margaret Beaufort is Married, 1455

Chapter 5. The Earl of Oxford is Late at St Albans, 1455

Chapter 6. The Loveday at St Paul’s, 1458

Chapter 7. Dr Morton and the Parliament of Devils, 1459

Chapter 8. ‘They that were in the Tower cast wildfire into the City’, 1460

Part II - THE WHEEL OF FORTURE, 1461–71

Chapter 9. The Squire of Burton Hastings Goes to War, 1461

Chapter 10. Dr Morton Sees a Battle – Towton, 1461

Chapter 11. The Coronation of King Edward IV, 1461

Chapter 12. ‘Lord Hastings of Hastings’, 1461

Chapter 13. The Adventures of Dr Morton, 1462–63

Chapter 14. The Lord Chamberlain and the Unwelcome Guest, 1463

Chapter 15. King Edward Finds a Queen, 1464

Chapter 16. Dr Morton in Exile, 1464

Chapter 17. Lady Margaret Entertains King Edward, 1468

Chapter 18. ‘My Lord of Oxford is commit to the Tower’, 1468

Chapter 19. ‘Robin of Redesdale’ Invades the South Country, 1469

Chapter 20. ‘Eleven days’, 1470

Chapter 21. The ‘Readeption’, 1470–71

Chapter 22. William Hastings in Exile, 1470–71

Chapter 23. Who Will Win?, 1471

Chapter 24. Lord Oxford Loses a Battle – Barnet, 1471

Chapter 25. Dr Morton Turns Yorkist – Tewkesbury, 1471

Part III - THE PRIME OF EDWARD IV, 1471–83

Chapter 26. William Hastings, Lieutenant of Calais, 1471

Chapter 27. Lady Margaret Beaufort’s Fourth Husband, 1472

Chapter 28. Lord Oxford Turns Pirate, 1473

Chapter 29. Edward IV Invades France, 1475

Chapter 30. Mrs Shore’s Divorce, 1476

Chapter 31. Lord Oxford Tries to Drown Himself, 1478

Chapter 32. Dr John Morton, Bishop of Ely, 1478

Chapter 33. Hastings ‘highly in the king’s indignation’, 1482–83

Part IV - THE REIGN OF RICHARD III, 1483–85

Chapter 34. The End of William Hastings, 1483

Chapter 35. Mrs Shore Does Penance, 1483

Chapter 36. Lady Margaret Beaufort’s Conspiracy, 1483

Chapter 37. Mrs Shore Marries Again, 1483

Chapter 38. ‘Mother to the king’s great rebel and traitor’, 1484

Chapter 39. Dr Morton Visits Rome, 1484–85

Chapter 40. Lord Oxford Wins a Battle, 1485

Part V - THE END OF THE WARS, 1485–99

Chapter 41. The Last Battle – Stoke, 1487

Chapter 42. Perkin Warbeck, 1491–99

EPILOGUE: THE FOUR SURVIVORS

Margaret Beaufort

John Morton

The Earl of Oxford

Jane Shore

NOTES

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