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The Plantagenets and The Wars of The Roses - Non-Fiction

Anne Neville Richard III's Tragic Queen by Amy Licence (Paperback) ISBN: 9781445633121

Anne Neville Richard III's Tragic Queen by Amy Licence (Paperback) ISBN: 9781445633121

Shakespeare s enduring image of Richard III s queen is one of bitterness and sorrow. Anne curses the killer of her husband and father, before succumbing to his marriage proposal, bringing to herself a terrible legacy of grief and suffering an untimely death. Was Anne a passive victim? Did she really jump into bed with the enemy? Myths aside, who was the real Anne? As the Kingmaker s daughter, she played a key role in his schemes for the throne. Brought up in the expectation of a glorious marriage, she was not the passive, manipulated pawn of romantic legend; in fact, she was a pragmatist and a survivor, whose courage and endurance were repeatedly pushed to the limit. In 1483 Anne found herself catapulted into the public eye and sitting on the throne beside Richard. The circumstances of their reign put unprecedented pressure on their marriage; amid rumours of affairs and divorce, Anne died mysteriously, during an eclipse of the sun, just weeks before Richard s death on the battlefield. This fascinating and elusive woman is shrouded in controversy and unanswered questions. Amy Licence reassesses the longstanding myths about Anne s role, her health and her marriages, to present a new view of the Kingmaker s daughter.


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Anne Neville Queen To Richard III by Michael Hicks (Paperback) ISBN: 9780752441290

Anne Neville Queen To Richard III by Michael Hicks (Paperback) ISBN: 9780752441290

Anne Neville was queen to England’s most notorious king, Richard III. She was immortalised by Shakespeare for the remarkable nature of her marriage, a union which brought together a sorrowing widow with her husband’s murderer. Anne’s misfortune did not end there. In addition to killing her first husband, Richard also helped kill her father, father-in-law and brother-in-law, imprisoned her mother, and was suspected of poisoning Anne herself. Dying before the age of thirty, Anne Neville packed into her short life incident enough for many adventurous careers, but was often, apparently, the passive instrument of others’ evil intentions. This fascinating new biography seeks to tell the story of Anne’s life in her own right, and uncovers the real wife of Richard III by charting the remarkable twists and turns of her fraught and ultimately tragic life.


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The Battle Of Bosworth by Michael Bennett (Paperback) ISBN: 9780750924610

The Battle Of Bosworth by Michael Bennett (Paperback) ISBN: 9780750924610

On an August morning more than five hundred years ago, to the sound of thundering hooves, gunshot, the clash of steel and the cries of men in battle, Richard III, King of England, lost his life and the Plantagenet name came to an end. But what do we really know of the battle which became known as Bosworth Field…


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The Battle Of Bosworth 1485 and the Burial of Richard III by Stephen Lark (Paperback) ISBN: 9781909099869

The Battle Of Bosworth 1485 and the Burial of Richard III by Stephen Lark (Paperback) ISBN: 9781909099869

The recent discovery of the body of King Richard III in Leicester has heightened interest in this key medieval battle. The climatic battle of the Wars of the Roses was fought in Leicestershire in the summer of 1485 when the Lancastrian claimant Henry Tudor faced the Yorkist king, Richard III. The battle ended with King Richard surrounded and cut down by his enemies - the last British king to die in battle. Now the king's body has been found in Leicester and is due to be reburied in the city as the centrepiece of a new interpretation of the battle and the Wars of the Roses. Richard III is one of the best known of English kings, chiefly through his portrayal by Shakespeare as an evil crouchback who murdered his nephews (The Princes in the Tower), his brother and others - and the more recent efforts to restore his reputation. This book follows the standard pattern set by others in the Bretwalda Battles series. The reasons for and course of the war in question are outlined, then detailed analyses of weapons, tactics and strategies are given with particular reference to this battle. The course of the battleis then followed, with comment on what there is to see at the site today. Short biographies of the commanders are also given. The aftermath of the battle, its effects and importance to the progress of the war are then described. The "Bretwalda Battles" series has been running with increasing success as ebooks for some time. Now the first books in the series are being published in print format.


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The Battle Of Losecoat Field 1470 by Rupert Matthews (Paperback) ISBN: 9781909099661

The Battle Of Losecoat Field 1470 by Rupert Matthews (Paperback) ISBN: 9781909099661

A book dedicated to the only battle ever fought in Rutland - the Battle of Losecoat Field, a turning point in the Wars of the Roses. In 1470 the Yorkist King Edward IV was apparently secure on his throne, but unknown to him he was about to be betrayed by his own brother, George of Clarence, and the powerful nobleman Richard Earl of Warwick. The rebellion began in Lincolnshire with an uprising of discontented peasanats egged on by fugitive Lancastrians, Edward hurried north up the Great North Road with a small force unaware that he was betrayed and that he would meet his enemies near Empingham in Losecoat Field. This book follows the standard pattern set by others in the Bretwalda Battles series. The reasons for and course of the war in question are outlined, then detailed analyses of weapons, tactics and strategies are given with particular reference to this battle. The course of the battleis then followed, with comment on what there is to see at the site today. Short biographies of the commanders are also given. The aftermath of the battle, its effects and importance to the progress of the war are then described. The "Bretwalda Battles" series has been running with increasing success as ebooks for some time. Now the first books in the series are being published in print format.


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The Battle Of Northampton 1460 by Rupert Matthews (Paperback) ISBN: 9781909099555

The Battle Of Northampton 1460 by Rupert Matthews (Paperback) ISBN: 9781909099555

A book dedicated to the Battle of Northampton, fought as part of the Wars of the Roses in 1460. In 1460 the Yorkist faction in the Wars of the Roses seemed doomed. The Duke of York was dead, his sons in exile, his friends in hiding and his army scattered. Then Edward, the dashing new Duke of York, returned to England from Ireland and summoned his supporters to join him. Among those heading to support Edward was the Earl of Warwick, but at Northampton Warwick encountered a powerful Lancastrian army under the Duke of Buckingham. The four hours of savage fighting that followed changed the situation entirely and gave the Yorkists the upper hand. This book follows the standard pattern set by others in the Bretwalda Battles series. The reasons for and course of the war in question are outlined, then detailed analyses of weapons, tactics and strategies are given with particular reference to this battle. The course of the battleis then followed, with comment on what there is to see at the site today. Short biographies of the commanders are also given. The aftermath of the battle, its effects and importance to the progress of the war are then described. The "Bretwalda Battles" series has been running with increasing success as ebooks for some time. Now the first books in the series are being published in print format.


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The Battle Of Towton 1461 by Leonard James (Paperback) ISBN: 9781909698901

The Battle Of Towton 1461 by Leonard James (Paperback) ISBN: 9781909698901


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Bosworth The Birth Of The Tudors by Chris Skidmore (Paperback) ISBN: 9780753828946

Bosworth The Birth Of The Tudors by Chris Skidmore (Paperback) ISBN: 9780753828946

On the morning of 22 August 1485, in fields several miles from Bosworth, two armies faced each other, ready for battle. The might of Richard III's army was pitted against the inferior forces of the upstart pretender to the crown, Henry Tudor, a 28-year-old Welshman who had just arrived back on British soil after 14 years in exile. Yet this was to be a fight to the death - only one man could survive; only one could claim the throne.
It would become one of the most legendary battles in English history: the only successful invasion since Hastings, it was the last time a king died on the battlefield. But BOSWORTH is much more than the account of the dramatic events of that fateful day in August. It is a tale of brutal feuds and deadly civil wars, and the remarkable rise of the Tudor family from obscure Welsh gentry to the throne of England - a story that began 60 years earlier with Owen Tudor's affair with Henry V's widow, Katherine of Valois.
Drawing on eyewitness reports, newly discovered manuscripts and the latest archaeological evidence, Chris Skidmore vividly recreates this battle-scarred world in an epic saga of treachery and ruthlessness, death and deception and the birth of the Tudor dynasty.


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Bosworth 1485 Psychology Of A Battle by Michael Jones (Paperback) ISBN: 9781848549081

Bosworth 1485 Psychology Of A Battle by Michael Jones (Paperback) ISBN: 9781848549081

In 1485 the Battle of Bosworth marked an epoch in the lives of two great houses: the house of York fell to the ground when Richard III died on the field of battle; and the house of Tudor rose from the massacre to reign for the next hundred years.
Michael Jones, co-author of The King's Grave: The Search for Richard III, rewrites this landmark event in English history. He shifts our perspective of its heroes and villains and puts Richard firmly back into the context of his family and his times.


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Brief History Of The English Civil War by John Miller (Paperback) ISBN: 9781845296834 Cover Price 8.99

Brief History Of The English Civil War by John Miller (Paperback) ISBN: 9781845296834 Cover Price £8.99

'The English Civil War' is one of the most hotly contested areas of English History. Amid dramatic accounts of the key battles and confrontations, the author explores what triggered the initial conflict between crown and parliament and how this was played out in England, Scotland and Ireland in the lead-up to war.


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Daughter Of Time by Josephine Tey (Fiction paperback) ISBN: 9780099536826

Daughter Of Time by Josephine Tey (Fiction paperback) ISBN: 9780099536826

Inspector Alan Grant, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history. Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world's most heinous villains - a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brother's children to make his crown secure?


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Death and the Virgin Elizabeth, Dudley and the Mysterious Fate of Amy Robsart by Chris Skidmore (Paperback) ISBN: 9780753827017

Death and the Virgin Elizabeth, Dudley and the Mysterious Fate of Amy Robsart by Chris Skidmore (Paperback) ISBN: 9780753827017

Elizabeth came to the throne in 1558 a 25-year-old virgin - the most prized catch in Christendom. For the first ten years of her reign, one matter dominated above all others: the question of who the queen was to marry and when she would produce an heir.
Elizabeth's life as England's Virgin Queen is one of the most celebrated in history. Christopher Skidmore takes a fresh look at the familiar story of a queen with the stomach of a man, steadfastly refusing to marry for the sake of her realm, and reveals a very different picture: of a vulnerable young woman, in love with her suitor, Robert Dudley. Had it not been for the mysterious and untimely death of his wife, Amy Robsart, Elizabeth might have one day been able to marry Dudley, since Amy was believed to be dying of breast cancer. Instead, the suspicious circumstances surrounding Amy Robsart's death would cast a long shadow over Elizabeth's life, preventing any hope of a union with Dudley and ultimately shaping the course of Tudor history. Using newly discovered evidence from the archives, Christopher Skidmore is able to put an end to centuries of speculation as to the true causes of her death.


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