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Lancaster and York: The Wars of the Roses

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Bookworm.
    Ludlow, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Historical but had no depth."

    I cannot say I really 'enjoyed' this book, .and in fact I didn't actually manage to finish it as it had become something of a chore. I love history I really do, but I felt this book was just a collection of dates, quotes and research rearranged and passed on to the reader/listener. Actually I was almost waiting for the narrator to announce a test at the end of the book.



    In fairness I had just finished a Philipa Gregory, and that was very very padded out, but enjoyable, but the description of this book made it sound a lot more interesting than it actually was. I also found that some of the information given in this book differed from the information that I had previously read on the same subject, so now I don't really know what to believe. Never mind I now have an excuse to buy yet another book on this subject.... Ah happy days!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Rob O
    Huddersfield United Kingdom
    5/11/14
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    "Too long and detailed"

    I really wanted to like this book. I like the subject area , I am interested in it and wanted to learn more about a fascinating area of British History.
    Unfortunately this book goes into far too much detail to retain, follow or retain interest.
    The narrator also peppers the book with very dodgy foreign accents
    It's been a chore ploughing through this.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mole
    11/3/16
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    "Very Accessible, but let down by narration "

    Not ground breaking or controversial. Narration style heavy handed - this is typical Maggie Mash Style, just not my taste.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Watchet, Somerset, United Kingdom
    5/10/13
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Miss N. Farooqui
    UK
    4/13/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • CJM
    2/15/15
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    "Fascinating."

    Many times throughout my life I'd heard the term 'wars of the roses' and had only the vaguest idea of what they were. This book fills the gap in my understanding. We have so many history books about just a few of our monarchs and it can be difficult to find anything substantial about those less known.

    The reign of Henry VI was absolutely disastrous, but fascinating. This book is especially so because of its focus on the people involved above military matters.

    The only downside is the narrator. She's alright except for when she's quoting someone, especially men. She uses the same wooden and stodgy voice for just about all of the English men, and poor accents for those born elsewhere.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ama
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    8/11/13
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    "The Cousins war"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lancaster and York?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Maggie Mash – was your favourite?

    Probably obscure but the various ambassadors and visiting dignitaries.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The slaying of a hart, the rising of esses,will crown falcon


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John Zippo
    1/16/17
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    "Awesome"

    If i had a teacher at school...who could have kept me so completely enthralled...as the narrator of this book did...i would have a Phd after my name.
    History bought to life...a fantastic book...by the best narrator (Maggie Mash) on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MRS
    1/14/17
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    "Spoilt by narration"

    Scholarly and generally well researched but also full of 'may bes', 'almost certainlies' and speculations especially in regard to the motives of the main players.
    Why, oh why does the narrator use different accents when quoting from sources? What a distraction! How can we know if the French ambassador spoke in an 'allo, allo' voice or that Henry VI sounded like a member of the landed gentry in the 1950s?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/9/17
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    "Excellent explanation of the Wars of the Roses"

    Most enjoyable and engrossing . Maggie Mash was, for the most part, an excellent narrator but her 'funny voices' for direct quotes I found most irritating. Another reader would have been much better for the quotes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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