David Grummitt is lecturer in British History at the University of Kent. He is the author of The Calais Garrison: War and Military Service in England, 1436-1558 (2008).

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October 2012

256 pages

216 x 134 mm

A Short History of the Wars of the Roses
David Grummitt

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The Wars of the Roses (c. 1450-85) are renowned as an infamously savage and tangled slice of English history. A bloody thirty-year struggle between the dynastic houses of Lancaster and York, they embraced localised vendetta (such as the bitter northern feud between the Percies and Nevilles) as well as the formal clash of royalist and rebel armies at St Albans, Ludford Bridge, Mortimer's Cross, Towton, Tewkesbury and finally Bosworth, when the usurping Yorkist king Richard was crushed by Henry Tudor. Powerful personalities dominate the period: the charismatic and enigmatic Richard III, immortalized by Shakespeare; the slippery Warwick, 'the kingmaker', who finally over-reached ambition to be cut down at the battle of Barnet; and guileful women like Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret of Anjou, who for a time ruled the kingdom in her husband's stead. David Grummitt places the violent events of this complex time in the wider context of fifteenth-century kingship and the development of English political culture.

'Grummitt provides the best overview to date of this bewildering conflict... Highly recommended.'
Desmond Seward, BBC History Magazine

Skilfully steers the reader through the complexities and controversies of the story. Grummitt knows his subject well and writes with considerable insight. His reassessment in these pages of the pivotal importance of the later fifteenth century in English history will put a cat amongst some Tudor Pigeons.'

A J Pollard, Emeritus Professor of History, Teeside University

'David Grummitt has succeeded triumphantly in writing a refreshing and multi-layered book. A compelling and stimulating read.'
Ralph A Griffiths, OBE, Emeritus Professor of Medieval History, Swansea University