This book presents the history of the Wars of the Roses from the common soldiers' perspective. 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 Shakespeare's 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.
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Author Biography - Prof. Anthony E. Goodman
Anthony Goodman was, until his recent retirement, Professor of Medieval History at the University of Edinburgh. His other books include John of Gaunt, Richard II: The Art of Kingship, War and Border Societies in the Middle Ages, The Wars of the Roses: Military Activity and English Society, 1452-97, and History of England from Edward II to James I. His next book Margaret of Anjou: England's Warrior Queen will also be published by Tempus. He lives in Edinburgh.