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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Wars of the Roses

Edition 3rd Edition
ISBN 9780230368514
Publication Date May 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series British History in Perspective

The civil wars of the first half of the fifteenth century still stand in the popular imagination as the period of greatest anarchy in English history. While historians have long taken a more measured view, controversy still surrounds their interpretation.

In this revised edition of his revaluation of the Wars of the Roses, A. J. Pollard has incorporated into the text the product of new research and consideration of the debates which have emerged since the book was first published in 1988. These include the new stress on 'constitutional' history, intensified dispute about the origins of the wars, and recent reinterpretations of the careers of some of the principal personalities.

In a topic which has become more contested in the last decade of the twentieth century, this introduction offers a succinct narrative, a review of the historiography and an overview of the problems of interpretation of the character, causes, impact and consequences of the wars which periodically disrupted England between 1459 and 1487.

ANTHONY JAMES POLLARD is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Teesside, UK. He has published extensively on fifteenth-century English history, his most recent book being Warwick and the Kingmaker: Politics, Power and Fame.

Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Maps and Tables
1. The Wars in History
2. The Course of the Wars
3. The Character of the Wars
4. The Causes of the Wars
5. The Impact of the Wars
6. The Aftermath of the Wars
7. The European Context of the Wars
Select Bibliography


Praise for the second edition: 'A stimulating summary which brings the subject up to date. Clear and level-headed approach.' - Mr G.C.F. Forster, University of Leeds, UK
Praise for the third edition: 'Pollard's Wars of the Roses is, and is destined to remain, the most important thematic survey of the Wars...it is a first-rate student text which will prove indispensable to another generation embarking on the study of this period.' - David Grummitt, University of Kent, UK
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