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.
"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!
"a great disappointment, a monotonous catalogue"
after r.t chapters of barbaric executions alternating with new plots, , I just had enough. Pity, as Weir has riveting other books. U Cappelen, Oslo
"Powerful and compelling history"
It was so accurately researched and written, so that the story was credible as well as fast paced. Excellent analysis of a complex period in English history.
This narrative is astonishing in its historic detail and requires great concentration or several hearings. I wish books like this had been around when I was studying the period!
The chronology of events meant that there is no particular emphasis on any one character.
There is no 'performance' reading in this book.
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"A difficult historic period made simple"
Easy to follow a potentially complicated era of British History
The rivalry between Richard of York and Margaret of Anjou
Margaret of Anjou.
No but enjoyable in bite size chunks
I really wanted to learn more about this very important part of British History but thought it would be too complicated to Listen to rather than read. So many names and battles. However I found this audio book really easy to follow. Very well written and read.
"Great book, superbly read."
Maggie gets it right - her range of character 'voices' is superb, her light and shade and ability to break the text up where it needs to be is perfect.
No one memorable moment - basically it's a superb retelling of that period of history - taught me loads I didn't know.
No. But I will.
"The equivalent of......"
Wars of the Roses favorites!
Left out the very silly monetary conversions
Is this necessary?
The book is flawed by the very silly conversions that litter the narrative. We're continually told what the shillings and pence are in decimalised form however no attempt is made to explain what £200 or 40 marks or £4,000 in medieval England might be worth today.
"good book peppered with annoying distractions"
yes, I would. The story is obviously fascinating
all the ones mentioned
I do not understand why the author decided to add throughout the whole book annoying and useless interjections related to what the equivalent of shillings would be in pennies but overlooked to actually research and inform us on the value of what that money would be worth today. Therefore the reader is subjected to an endless list of what the court staff was paid such as for example: "100 shillings - the equivalent of £5 - per year" what useless information! Why didn't the author bother to find out what the equivalent of 100 shillings or £5 per year in 1446 would be today?
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