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A glimpse of... the Wars of the Roses by Matthew Lewis

By Matthew Lewis

The Wars of the Roses ruled the second one 1/2 the 15th century in England, however the roots of the clash lay farther again in time. households will be torn aside as kings have been deposed and native squabbles settled on a countrywide scale. This publication deals a short assessment of the main personalities and occasions that drove and formed England in this civil warfare. starting with Edward III the wars are traced as purple Rose and White Rose fought for dominance within the backyard of britain. strains have been drawn and aspects selected. This used to be no flower backyard. This was once warfare.

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Margaret was placed under house arrest at Windsor. Some of the nobility waited in fear of the vengeance York was likely to unleash. It is perhaps therefore remarkable that York's protectorate is generally considered a success. He greatly reduced the size of the royal household and their expenditure. With a decisive show of force he ended the Neville-Percy feud that was raging in the north. Although he did make key appointments within his own supporters, that is perhaps to be expected. In all other matters, he acted with equity and honour.

Although Henry's court was living beyond its income, Margaret viewed York's reduction of her household and expenditure as aggressive. She came to view him as a threat not only to her husband but to her young son. Queen Margaret believed York wanted the throne. On 25th February 1456 Henry appeared before Parliament to receive York's resignation of his position. The king was restored once more, though none knew for how long. With Somerset gone, Henry appeared keen to keep York close, retaining him on the Council.

On Edward's death without children, the title Duke of York passed to his nephew, Richard, son of the executed Richard of Conisburgh who was not yet quite 4 years of age. This Richard became 3rd Duke of York and was a prime mover in the Wars of the Roses. Usually referred to as Richard of York, he was the father of King Edward IV and King Richard III. As a child with an enormous inheritance, Richard's wardship was valuable and was granted to Ralph Neville, Earl of Westmorland, who had over twenty children by his two wives and needed good matches for his many daughters.

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