The Wars of the Roses were quarrels within the Plantagenet family, of which Richard's dynasty, the House of York, was one branch.
They were about family trees - the capacity of family relationships both to unite and to divide - and notoriously about the slaughter of cousins, in-laws, brothers, and nephews.
The House of York won the first war, with Richard's elder brother becoming king as Edward IV. The 1460s are about the explosion of King Edward IVâ€™s family â€“ his brothers (including Richard), his wife and in-laws, and his own offspring â€“ and end in a trial of strength between them.
The 1470s are about a second explosion of the House of York, its division into separate nuclear families competing against each other, about the kingsâ€™ preferences, and in 1483 a sudden violent resolution following Edward IVâ€™s death.
Richard III claimed to be his brotherâ€™s heir. The Yorkist establishment refused and shared in Richardâ€™s destruction.
With the recent discovery of Richard IIIâ€™s skeleton, Professor Michael Hicks, described by BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE as â€˜the greatest living expert on Richard IIIâ€™ reassesses the family ties and entrails of his wayward and violent family.
Many thousands of descendants of Richardâ€™s siblings survive, some more interested in their lineage than others, and the book will conclude with an analysis of Richardâ€™s DNA and his â€˜familyâ€™ as it exists today.
- Format: EPUB
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Amberley Publishing
- Publication Date: 15/03/2015
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9781445621340
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