The Wars of the Roses [Audiobook]
04 April 2013, 10:58
Recorded Books | 1984 | ISBN: 999986807X | MP3@128 kbps | 10 hrs 37 mins | 581.96MB
In "The Wars Of The Roses", John Gillingham gives the reader a good introduction to this storied generation of turmoil. Although most people's understanding of the Wars of the Roses is gleaned from Shakespeare, Gillingham points out the truth is often less dramatic. Despite their reputation for causing major upheavals tin English society, the wars are shown as being relatively limited struggles involving comparatively small numbers of troops.
Gillingham points out that the touted extinction of noble houses during the wars occurred at a rate comparable to peaceful eras of the same centuries. He also explains how the prevailing architecture shows England to have been a more peaceful land than its continental contemporaries. As the struggle was over personal rights to the throne, it ended with little residual division and bitterness as often result from civil wars based on economic or ideological rivalries.
"Gillingham informs us...with such verve, with and intelligence that we are left dazzled and delighted."--History
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