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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2019 9:54 p.m. PST

"We examine 5 myths surrounding the Wars of the Roses, as part of our 17-page special feature in issue 50 of Military History Monthly…."
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Warspite130 Oct 2019 1:50 p.m. PST

That list is pretty spot-on, I just wish more people knew that information.

I often refer to this period as the 'so-called Wars of the Roses' (WOTR) as the term is a historical nonsense for the very reasons which the link outlines.
Lancaster made no use of the red rose, Tudor only used it at the very end while York only used the white rose among several other significant badges – the falcon in a fetterlock, the sun in splendour, the white boar and various bulls and lions.

Another good point raised is that the fighting did not start in 1455. Various lords had been scrapping among themselves in the West Country and in Yorkshire in the early 1450s in a manner that would put the Game of Thrones to shame.

But given that the Battle of Shrewsbury was a revolt against the new Lancastrian king Henry IV it could be argued that Shrewsbury was the first battle of the WOTR and that was way back in 1403.



Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Oct 2019 9:08 p.m. PST



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