|Language:||Additional languages are present|
The War of the Roses evokes an image of two factions, divided by blood, fighting for the future of England.
The red rose of Lancaster met the white rose of York, rather like a cricket match at Headingley. How neat. How perfect. In fact, the war was an invention of the Tudors, an attempt to give validation to a newly emergent dynasty and, in the process, render orderly the past. Shakespeare then gave that myth literary legitimacy. To call it a civil war is to suggest logic and order that were actually absent. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access.
Already a member? Log in. Already a subscriber or registered access user? Subscription Notification. We have noticed that there is an issue with your subscription billing details.
Please update your billing details here. Please update your billing information. The subscription details associated with this account need to be updated.
The magnates tried to mask the ineptitude, but it was a thankless task. Towton: England's bloodiest battle. Soon London was on fire. Dan Jones takes a long view of the civil wars, tracing their origins back to the death of Henry V in and the accession of his infant son. The first English monarch to be crowned both king of England and of France, Henry VI proved incapable of ruling either realm. The toddler tantrum that the one year-old king threw on his way to his first parliament in only curbed by a sojourn in Staines was a rare expression of royal will. On the jacket of The Hollow Crown, the Tudor rose is portrayed as a grim, five-pointed disc of steel, like a ninja star. As an adult, Henry VI was feckless, supine and inert.
Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your subscription. Your subscription will end shortly. Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your access to the most informative and considered journalism in the UK. Click here to see more Tap here to see more Tap here to see more. Accessibility Links Skip to content. Log in Subscribe.
Read the full article. Start your free trial. Gerard DeGroot. Want to read more? Subscribe now and get unlimited digital access on web and our smartphone and tablet apps, free for your first month. You are currently logged out. Log in Register.