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Lancaster And York: The Wars of the Roses [Kindle Edition]

Alison Weir
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On one side of the bloody dynastic struggle that plagued England between 1455 and 1487 stood the House of Lancaster, headed by the inept King Henry VI. The opposing team was led by King Henry's cousin, the duke of York, whose lineage gave him a better claim to the throne than his ineffectual relative. This period of conflict between royal cousins is known as the Wars of the Roses (tradition has it that for an emblem the Lancaster side of the family adopted a red rose, the Yorks a white). Weir, author of the perceptive and engaging Princes in the Tower (1993), again presents popular history at its finest in an account of the Wars of the Roses and its complicated antecedents. Weir goes back to the heart of the trouble, the disastrous reign of the childless Richard II, and gives witness to the Lancaster family toppling his administration; she then follows the course of the Lancaster dynasty as wearers of the crown through the reigns of three kings, to find out why and how their York relatives, after decades of sitting in the shadow of the throne they by strict rights of inheritance should have occupied, eventually and successfully evicted the House of Lancaster and ruled as the House of York. No history collection should do without this perfectly focused and beautifully unfolded account. Brad Hooper

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In this prequel to her Princes in the Tower (LJ 1/94), historian Weir presents a well-written, entertaining narrative of the first phase of the War of the Roses. Accepting the Tudor view that the conflict originated with Richard II's deposition, she devotes half of the book to relations between Lancaster and York from 1399 to 1455. The second half deals with the period from the first Battle of St. Albans (1455) to the Battle of Tewkesbury (1471). Weir centers her narrative upon leading figures?Henry VI, Margaret of Anjou, Richard of York, Edward IV, the earl of Warwick?and others. Though the text lacks footnotes and the bibliography omits some recent scholarship (e.g., by Rosemary Horrox and P.W. Hammond), Weir uses a variety of printed primary sources and secondary works. Much here will be familiar to scholars, but the work is a stimulating discussion as well as a fine introduction for the general reader.?William B. Robison, Southeastern Louisana Univ., Hammond
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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3.0 von 5 Sternen Extremely thorough (which is good and bad) 21. Mai 2000
Von A. Maxham
In terms of her attention to detail, the author has clearly done a thorough job. However, I've read much (if not all) of Weir's work (concerning Eleanor of of Aquitaine, Princes in Tower, wives and kids of Henry the VIII, and Elizabeth I), and I had to *push* myself through this one. I don't know how much of this is her fault, and how much of it is the fault of the Yorkists who were slow in finally eliminating Henry VI as a challenge to the throne- at one point I thought "I'm gonna kill Henry myself if nobody else does soon."
It is a taxing read and while I really enjoyed the other books, this one was more frustrating. The reversals of fortune were particularly frustrating- for example on one page, Jaspar Tudor has the title to Pembroke, which is stripped from him, given to somebody else who is called Pembroke repeatedly but then is killed about two pages later and the name of Pembroke is given back to Jaspar Tudor. So on one page, the name Pembroke is for the House of Lancaster, but then any reference to "Pembroke" means the guy is for the house of York, and then when it switches back to Jaspar, Pembroke is pro-Lancaster again-- So at some point you think to yourself, "Wait, why is Pembroke for Edward- I thought he liked Henry... Oh yeah..." One wonders why (for the sake of clarity)- Jaspar Tudor just can't be called Jaspar Tudor throughout. She is accurate, but at some point I wish clarity had become a priority. While this is a complaint that I and others have had about all of Weir's (and other historians' books), it's particularly troublesome here because of the vast number of people involved, as well as the number of years that it covers.
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This is a wonderfully readable history, covering the finalconflict between cousins (the House of Lancaster and the House ofYork, and then the House of York and the House of Tudor) over the crown of England. As the author states in her introduction, the full story begins in 1400 begins with a murder and ends in 1471 with another murder.
Weir writes a history of people who come alive on her pages. The characters history has given her are ambitious, incompetent, promiscuous, indolent, and lustful. The tale history has given her is one of these characters acting outside the law, each for his/her own purposes and, in so doing it is an early story of violent "politics of destruction" in the literal sense. This story changed forever the history of England.
I often judge how good a book is by whether I am moved to read another one by the same author, or on the same subject. I am now reading Weir's book on Elizabeth. If you are interested in a well written history of a pivotal period in English history, I would highly recommend that you give The Wars of the Roses a try.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen An Historical Mess 30. März 2000
I cannot say I didn't learn a lot from this rendition of one of the most confusing times in English history; indeed, I learned a great deal. I learned that this was not one war but several, and that the wars were spread out over years, not occurring over one limited span of time. I learned a great deal about the personalities behind the conflicts and found this to be quite the bridge between the Hundred Year's War (as read in A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman, I highly recommend it) and the Tudor years, which has held many historians, both profissional and armchair, like myself, enthralled. This time is a turning point in history, as the feudal system and the Middles Ages fade and the Renaissance takes over.
But I had the hardest time maintaining my interest in the book. Part of the problem is mentioned by other reviewers; the English habit of referring to nobility by their titles as opposed to their names is just plain confusing. I frequently referred to the difficult to read lineages in the back, and several times thought of just pulling them out so I could refer to them without losing my place. I found it difficult to maintain the sense of history for the families that Weir had gone to great pains to describe. I often found myself flipping back to review. It is also a difficult to understand period of time; I forget sometimes that people of the time think differently from modern humankind.
Although I am interested in learning more, I am doubtful that I will read The Princes in the Tower. Instead, I believe that I will stick with Antonia Fraser.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen History not hype 2. November 1999
Von Beekums
Weir does nothing so well as interpret fact. She succeeds more than most writers in conveying historical context, which is critical for a reader of history. It is almost impossible for us in the 20th century to put ourselves in the places of the people who participated in the Wars of the Roses without the help of someone like her. I especially recommend this book for readers of historical fiction. Weir's prose flows almost as smoothly as any novelist's, but you are left with history (as best as it can presented), not some fantasy.
The Richard III fans out there should read this BEFORE reading the Princes in the Tower. While it is sometimes easier to read history when you already know what happens next, this book will hammer home needed perspective; such as, why kings (and princes) were doomed to death and not just doomed to losing their crowns.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An astonishing glance into English history
A fundamental analysis of an eventful chapter of English history. If you have no clue about the conflict between the unlucky Henry VI and the handsome Edward IV this is the book... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 10. Oktober 2006 von Stefan Leukefeld
4.0 von 5 Sternen the Wonders of Wier
Wier is the ideal author for beginning historians. Her writing is easy to read and she tells history as if it were fiction. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. Mai 2000 von Schwanda
4.0 von 5 Sternen Too Many Kings
This book is well-researched, but sometimes difficult to follow. The sheer number of people named Edward, George, or Elizabeth is really terrible. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. April 2000 von Karen Hoy
3.0 von 5 Sternen Very thorough coverage of the English Civil War
I'm very interested in history, buy my interests tend to be centered on American history. So this book was quite a change for me. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 21. April 2000 von Old Fisherman
5.0 von 5 Sternen very good book
This book involves many battles. It contains a lot ofpolitical intrigue. People march on London many times and try toregain the crown. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. März 2000 von sterling
2.0 von 5 Sternen Other places to start
As a general outline of the period, the book is tolerable (not even Ms. Weir can get dates wrong). Ms. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. Februar 2000 von William Walsh
3.0 von 5 Sternen Don't start with this Alison Weir book
I really enjoy learning about British history - and Alsison Weir does a great job. I did find, however, that The Wars of the Roses was the most complicated of her books that I... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. Januar 2000 von Maurya
4.0 von 5 Sternen Ditto
An entertaining story that tells of the Wars of the Roses from a more personality driven aspect. This book is ann excellent way to learn about this historical period. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. Januar 2000 von Steve
4.0 von 5 Sternen A Facsinating History Un-Tangled
Alison Weir's treatment of the Wars of the Roses is a concise presentation of the causes and effects of that tangled period of English history. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 20. Januar 2000 von David Bridges
5.0 von 5 Sternen Very well written account of Lancaster vs. York
"The Wars of the Roses" is an altogether fascinating account of what may be, I suspect , a not so well understood era of English medieval history. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. Dezember 1999 von Mike Powers
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