Everyone likes a good review, and we are no different. So praise for David Grummitt's A Short HIstory of the Wars of the Roses from BBC History Magazine should see us through these cold weeks.
'Beautifully written' and 'highly recommended', Desmond Seward goes on to say 'Grummitt provides the best overview to date of this bewildering conflict.' Thankfully, and definitely not coincidentally, that's what this series aims to do.
In case you would like to read the whole review, we have painstakingly transcribed it below:
‘In the second half of the 15th century, three kings of England, a Prince of Wales, eight royal or semi-royal dukes and about a third of the peerage died in combat, or by execution or murder. All this happened during the long struggle for the throne between Lancaster and York, later known as the Wars of the Roses. Surprisingly, this mass bloodbath has received infinitely less TV coverage than the Tudors.
Grummitt provides the best overview to date of this bewildering conflict. He shows how the English aristocracy subsequently grew less inclined to risk their necks, and – unexpectedly – that historians have underestimated the impact on English society as a whole. Far from being walled islands of piece, the effects of civil war were felt heavily in many English towns, who to send armed contingents, suffering fines or loss of privilege if they backed the wrong side.
Although intended for students, Grummitt’s book is so beautifully written that it can be enjoyed by non-expert readers. Highly recommended.’