A glimpse of... the Wars of the Roses by Matthew Lewis

By Matthew Lewis

The Wars of the Roses ruled the second one 1/2 the 15th century in England, however the roots of the clash lay farther again in time. households will be torn aside as kings have been deposed and native squabbles settled on a countrywide scale. This ebook bargains a short evaluate of the foremost personalities and occasions that drove and formed England in this civil battle. starting with Edward III the wars are traced as pink Rose and White Rose fought for dominance within the backyard of britain. traces have been drawn and facets selected. This used to be no flower backyard. This used to be warfare.

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1450 had seen an uprising in Kent that had stormed London. The rising has been titled Cade's Rebellion after its leader, Jack Cade, a shadowy figure often linked to the Duke of York. Among the rebels’ demands was the return to court of the duke. The rebels stormed London and, having presented their demands, were assured that they would be met and all rebels would be pardoned. No demands were met and the rebel leaders, including Cade, were hunted down and executed. Although ultimately a failure, the rebellion shows the strength of the concerns that were growing around Henry VI's kingship and his choice of advisors.

His uncle Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester acted as Protector in England while another uncle John, Duke of Bedford became regent of the French territories. When Henry came of age he favoured seeking a peaceful settlement with France, supported by Cardinal Beaufort, a half-uncle of Henry V and William de la Pole, Earl of Suffolk. This approach was vehemently opposed by the king's uncle Humphrey and by Richard, Duke of York but they were ignored. As part of the agreement for his marriage to Margaret of Anjou in 1445, Henry agreed to give up land in Maine and Anjou, a move deeply unpopular, particularly with Humphrey and the Duke of York, and which seemed to focus anger upon the Earl of Suffolk who Henry was keen to protect.

The Council could scarcely have imagined a worse match. French chronicler Jean de Waurin wrote that the Council told Edward 'he must know she was no wife for a prince such as himself'. One man took particular offence at the match. The Earl of Warwick was close to concluding negotiations with France for Edward to marry the king's daughter, bringing peace between the countries. Edward's announcement caused him embarrassment at home and abroad that he would not bear lightly. The Earl would earn his title Kingmaker soon, primarily because of the king's marriage to Elizabeth Woodville.

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