Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses

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Grub Street Publishers, Jun 15, 2010 - History - 208 pages
This fascinating account of an unsung English monarch and military leader is “a pleasing and well-informed appraisal of the first Yorkist king” (Dr. Michael Jones, author of Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle).
Indisputably the most effective general of the Wars of the Roses in fifteenth-century England, King Edward IV died in his bed, undefeated in battle. Yet he has never been accorded the martial reputation of other English warrior kings such as Henry V. It has been suggested that perhaps he lacked the personal discipline expected of a truly great army commander.
But, as the author shows in this perceptive and highly readable new study, Edward was a formidable military leader whose strengths and subtleties have never been fully recognized—perhaps because he fought most of his battles against his own people in a civil war.
This reassessment of Edward’s military skill—and of the Wars of the Roses in which he played such a vital part—provides fascinating insight into Edward the man as well as the politician and battlefield commander. Based on contemporary sources and the latest scholarly research, Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses stands as “a valuable and thought-provoking addition to the canon, which ought to become required reading for anyone interested in the reign of the first Yorkist monarch” (The Ricardian).

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Rouen April 1442
Calais November 1459
London March 1461
York March 1461
Reading September 1464
Texel The Netherlands October 1470
London April 1471

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About the author (2010)

David Santiuste studied history at the University of St Andrews. He has published articles on various aspects of late medieval culture, including warfare, and is a member of the Royal Historical Society. He currently lives in Edinburgh.

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