The Wars of the Roses: The Soldiers’ Experience by Anthony Goodman

The Wars of the Roses: The Soldiers’ Experience by Anthony Goodman lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my History Britain section.

Stroud: Tempus , 2005, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Maps; Genealogical tables;

>From the cover: Historians have researched extensively the motives and fortunes of kings, nobles and gentlemen in the Wars of the Roses, that bewildering sequence of rebellions fought between 1455 and 1485. The shadows cast by the awesome puppet masters of the Wars, like Richard of York, Warwick the Kingmaker or Richard III, add to the mist which swirls around the mass of participants Englishmen, Welshmen, women, children and even prostitutes. Mostly commoners, these were the fifteenth-century equivalent of the Poor Bloody Infantry.

But what sort of people were they? Why did they repeatedly buckle and saddle up for combat? What hopes and fears kept them awake at night? And what experiences did they have along the way that made them relish the excitement of the campaigns? In the sixteenth century, history would depict the Wars luridly as the theatres of blood reflected in Shakespeares history plays. Here, for the first time, Anthony Goodman asks if such views really reflect the reality of the Wars of the Roses, and looks at fresh material from the participants themselves.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 288 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

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