Lancater and York is a riveting account of the Wars of the Roses, from the beloved and best-selling historian Alison Weir. The war between the houses of Lancaster and York was characterised by treachery, deceit, and bloody battles. Alison Weir's lucid and gripping account focuses on the human side of history. At the centre of the book stands Henry VI, the pious king whose mental instability led to political chaos, and his wife Margaret of Anjou, who took up her arms in her husband's cause and battled in a violent man's world.
©1995 Alison Weir (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
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"Fascinating story and well written but....."
This is an absorbing and well researched history of the 'Wars of the Roses' - well worth listening to. For the most part it is very well read. However I have two gripes.
1. Why does the narrator insist on reading all lines attributed to French, Italian or German observers in silly accents that are reminiscent of those used in TV productions such as 'allo allo'. This is not necessary and is infuriating.
2. The text is riddled with 'translations' of £ s d currency amounts into their decimal equivalents. It adds nothing to tell us, for instance, that the £66, 13 shillings and 4 pence, spent on a particular item/activity, is equivalent to £66.67!. It would have been far more useful, if the author had given us some estimate of the value, in current day terms, of the purchase in question. Despite these annoyances, an enjoyable book.
"The wars of the roses"
Set in a period of conflict, the wars of the roses is a detailed account of the rival claimants to the throne of England. Descendants of Edward iii all claimed to be the rightful ruler but in the end only one victor remained, the tudors. Truly gripping to read.
"The Cousins war"
It's an excellent book that gives a full grounding on the conflict, it's obscure causes and it's fatal (for the plantagenets) end.
The results of Edward IV's misalliance with his commoner Queen, the splintering away of the Neville faction, the redeption government and Edward IV's landing in ravenspur.
Probably obscure but the various ambassadors and visiting dignitaries.
The slaying of a hart, the rising of esses,will crown falcon
"An excellent tale told well!"
A thoroughly enjoyable book which sheds light upon one of England's most interesting and bloody times! Whilst the story is difficult to follow at times, due to the large number of people involved (most of whom seem to be either named Richard, Henry, or Edward!) it is still masterfully explained with a richness that makes these characters stand out. I did have to do some personal research on the period at times as certain parts were confusing, but once I did I was better able to follow the story.
The vocal performance is fantastic, with Maggie Mash speaking in an engaging well-paced manner that helps the information sink in. Her voicing of characters' dialogue helps give them personality and depth, although at times they do seem a bit exaggerated.
Overall I would highly recommend this book! My only criticism would be that I had hoped it would cover the life of Richard III and end with the Battle of Bosworth field, but regardless it is still worth it!
Well written. Clear. Easy to follow.
Narration was wonderful - one of best I have ever heard.
So glad I listened
"An Idiots Guide To the War of the Roses!"
Definitely. Its a good informative book about a complex period of history. There are lots of similar names and your head can get full of all the dates. I'd like another listen for it to sink in. This book tells the story of the cause of the war up until the Battle of Tewksbury. The story is completed in Weir's book, Richard III and The Princes In The Tower. Unfortunately this book is unavailable on Audible.
I liked to see where the pieces of the story that I know, fit into the big picture.
Great narration. Mash is English so no mangling of British place names. Nice variation in voices used.
I would have bought Richard III and The Princes In The Tower by Alison Weir to listen to the end of Plantagenets story and the fate of Edward IV son's it if it had been available on Audible but unfortunately it isn't.
"Interesting story but poor narrator"
I like Alison Weir's books but I truly wish they had chosen another reader. She had a really annoying way to mimic Italian and French accents, old man's voice etc. It's hard to focus in the story when the narrator stands out - and not in a pleasant way.
I loved this book! great story about one of the most interesting parts of British history, very well read too, I find some narrators very droll..
"Really Interesting Subject/Story"
The subject matter is really interesting and this production tells it well. Very entertaining, educational and enjoyable.
"Lancaster and York Part 1 ?"
Totally missed Richard lll and Henry Vll. Strange to end a great story before the end. A great story half told.
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