Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses
Indisputably the most effective general of the War of the Roses, Edward IV died in his bed, undefeated in battle. Yet Edward has not achieved the martial reputation of other warrior kings such as Henry V - perhaps because he fought battles against his own people in a civil war. It has also been suggested that he lacked the personal discipline expected of a truly great commander. But, as David Santiuste shows in this perceptive and highly readable new study, Edward was a formidable military leader whose strengths and subtlety have never been fully recognized. This reassessment of Edward's military role, and of the Wars of the Roses in which he played such a vital part, gives a fascinating insight into Edward the man and into the politics and the fighting. Based on contemporary sources and the latest scholarly research, Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses brings to life an extraordinary period of English history. AUTHOR: David Santiuste studied medieval history at St Andrews University, specializing in the Wars of the Roses. He has published articles on many aspects of late medieval culture, including warfare. Now an independent historian, David is also scholarship coordinator for the Richard III Foundation in Edinburgh. ILLUSTRATIONS 20 illustrations *
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