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Lancaster And York

By Alison Weir
  • ISBN Code: : 1446449173
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 480
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
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The war between the houses of Lancaster and York for the throne of England was characterised by treachery, deceit and - at St Albans, Blore Hill and Towton, - some of the bloodiest and most dramatic battles on England's soil. Between 1455 and 1487 the royal coffers were bankrupted and the conflict resulted in the downfall of the houses of Lancaster and York and the emergence of the illustrious Tudor dynasty. Alison Weir's lucid and gripping account focuses on the human side of history, on the people and personalities involved in the conflict. At the centre of the book stands Henry VI, the pious king whose mental instability led to political chaos, Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York and Henry's rival, and most important of all, Margaret of Anjou, Henry's wife who took up her arms in her husband's cause and battled for many years in a violent man's world.

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Legends have been written about it, films have been made, but what really happened during the Middle Ages? Learn about feudalism, popes, leaders, and wars in this informative book.

Cecily Neville

By Amy Licence
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  • Publisher : Amberley Publishing Limited
  • Book Code : 1445621320
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : History
  • Members : 594
  • Pdf File: cecily-neville.pdf

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Discover the true story of Richard III’s mother, one of her era’s great survivors

A History of England and the British Empire

By Arthur Donald Innes
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  • Publisher : Dalcassian Publishing Company
  • Book Code : N.a
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  • Category : Great Britain
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Read and download full book A History of England and the British Empire

John Talbot and the War in France, 1427–1453

By A. J. Pollard
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  • Publisher : Pen and Sword
  • Book Code : 1473815630
  • Total of Pages : 172
  • Category : History
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John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury was the last of the celebrated English commanders of the Hundred Years' War. In his lifetime his reputation for audacity and courage gave him an unrivalled fame among the English, and he was feared and admired by the French. A.J. Pollard, in this pioneering and perceptive account, reconstructs the long career of this extraordinary soldier and offers a fascinating insight into warfare in the late medieval period. Talbot was the last representative of generations of brave, brutal warriors whose appetite for glory and personal gain had sustained English policy in France since the time of Edward III. His defeat and death at the Battle of Castillon on 17 July 1453 marked the end of the wars. It was also the final act in a heroic but savage tradition.