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By Hugh Bicheno

ISBN-10: 1781859655

ISBN-13: 9781781859650

First quantity of a rip-roaring, two-part heritage of England’s longest and bloodiest civil battle, narrated as a medieval ‘game of thrones’ via a grasp army historian.

England, 1454. A country sliding into chaos. With the lack of Bordeaux (the final French territory held through the Plantagenets), the enfeebled Henry VI loses his brain. Disgruntled nobles again the regal claims of Richard, Duke of York, great-grandson of Edward III. city and geographical region teem with squaddies, redundant and bored. The level is determined for civil war.
BATTLE ROYAL is the 1st a part of a two-volume background of the dynastic wars fought among the homes of Lancaster and York for the English throne from 1454 till 1487. Hugh Bicheno tells the tale of the Wars of the Roses as a charming saga of interwoven households, narrating every one bankruptcy from the perspective of a key participant within the wider drama.

Volume I lines the tale from 1450 to 1464, a interval punctuated through the battles of St Albans, Towton and Hexham; enlivened by means of such attention-grabbing characters as Henry VI’s queen Marguerite of Anjou and the femme fatale Elizabeth Woodville, and finishing with the triumph of the Yorkist king Edward IV.

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46 Fest. p. 100 L; Fest. p. 474 L; Prudent. c. symm. 1085 and Prudent. c. symm. 1094. 47 See M. Lindner 1995; E. Van Deman 1908, who question the value of these statues as evidence for the Vestals’ dress. See also Plates 2 and 3. 48 L. LaFollette 1994; M. Beard 1980: 16. Other theories include: F. Guizzi 1968: 11–12; H. Jordan 1886: 43–56, who both argue that the Vestals’ dress shared significant elements with that of a bride. C. Koch 1958: 1743 argues simply that the Vestals’ whole costume marked them out from all other Roman women.

Public theatrical performances and gladiatorial games in Rome were as much religious rites meant to honour various divinities, as they were sources of public entertainment. At the beginning of each performance, offerings were made to the deity or deities in whose honour the games were being held. 45 While we have no firm evidence that the Vestals played an official role at every games, we do know that they had a religious role to play in at least some of them. 46 As well, a number of the other festivals, which involved the performance of public games, were ones in which we know the Vestals had a ritual responsibility.

25. For a modern discussion of this practice, see: C. O. Thulin 1906: 117 ff. 25 There is in fact nothing in Ovid’s account, other than the name of the festival itself, to suggest that the Vestals participated in the rituals he describes. It in fact seems quite likely that the rites described by the poet were mainly celebrated by private individuals. Nonetheless the name of the rite together with Servius’ observations on the Vestals’ manufacture of mola salsa on this day suggest that the Vestals had some part to play in these rites.

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