A Glimpse Of The Wars Of The Roses by Matthew Lewis

By Matthew Lewis

The Wars of the Roses ruled the second one half 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 quick review of the foremost personalities and occasions that drove and formed England in this civil conflict. starting with Edward III the wars are traced as crimson Rose and White Rose fought for dominance within the backyard of britain. traces have been drawn and facets selected. This was once no flower backyard. This used to be battle.

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At Hexham, Somerset was rejoined by Hungerford and Roos and his force again numbered around 5,000 men. After the completion of his diplomatic mission, John marched on Hexham to deal with the Lancastrians. On 15th May, taking the high ground, Neville's forces charged head long down the hill and swept away the Lancastrian force. Somerset, Hungerford and Roos were all captured and executed. Thus at the Battle of Hexham armed resistance to Edward was eradicated and, although still at large, Henry and Margaret were isolated and without support.

According to the Paston letters, Henry did not offer 'any answer or countenance, saving only that he looked on the Prince and cast his eyes down again without any more'. This was a serious development. By law, the baby was not Henry's legitimate son nor his heir until the king acknowledged him officially. Without Henry's acceptance of his son, there was still no heir, nothing to fill the vacuum. Worse still, rumour sprang up that the king had not accepted the child because it was, in fact, Somerset's child with Margaret.

Warwick had only just landed on the south coast with his Calais garrison. The royal force outnumbered Salisbury 2:1. When it became clear that the way was blocked, Salisbury's army took a defensive position between a wood and their supply wagons with a brook between them and the enemy. Although shallow, the banks of the brook were steep and the approach required Audley's forces to move uphill, a tiring task. When Audley sent in the first charge, Salisbury's experienced archers sent a hail of arrows down upon them.

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