Battles of the Wars of the Roses.
The Wars of the Roses were a series of battles that took place over a thirty year period. The official start date was the 22nd May 1455 with the Battle of St Albans, but it is my belief that the seeds of this conflict were the issues between York and Somerset that were sown into a country that had real problems following the death of Edward, the Black Prince and the reign of Richard II.
The year 1485 saw the death of Richard III at Bosworth, but there was a battle at Stoke near Newark, that is not shown on this map, that took place two years later following an uprising centered around Lambert Simnel, a Yorkist pretender.
You can read about my first experience of the re enactment of the Battle of Bosworth here
And about my visit to Stoke Field last year here:
17/2/2017 02:44:58 pm
The "wars of the roses "are part of a pattern in late medieval western Europe where the central government clashes with a nobility that is losing its grip on society. In the 14th century a duke is a power on his own, in the 16th century he is reduced to a servant of the crown.
Leave a Reply.