By Hugh Bicheno
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.
Read or Download Battle Royal PDF
Similar history books
Regardless of its relatively small dimension, England has been a state of substantial stature at the foreign degree for far of its background. because the domestic of parliamentary executive, William Shakespeare, and the English language, England has been an influential participant within the political and cultural improvement of countries internationally.
In response to Napoleon, a military marches on its abdominal and it fights on its abdominal too - but have you puzzled how countless numbers of fellows at the frontline are fed less than fireplace or within the trench traces? through the nice battle troops have been expert to make foodstuff out of the naked minimal of components, to feed a firm of guys from just a mess tin and cook dinner curries to feed enormous quantities purely yards from the frontline.
Post yr observe: First released April third 2014
War is without doubt one of the maximum human evils. It has ruined livelihoods, provoked unspeakable atrocities and left numerous hundreds of thousands lifeless. It has triggered monetary chaos and common deprivation. And the distress it motives poisons overseas coverage for destiny generations.
But, argues bestselling historian Ian Morris, within the very long-term, conflict has actually been an exceptional factor. In his trademark kind combining inter-disciplinary insights, clinical equipment and interesting tales, Morris exhibits that, satirically, struggle is the one human invention that has allowed us to build peaceable societies. with no struggle, we might by no means have equipped the massive realms which now maintain us fairly secure from random acts of violence, and that have given us formerly unbelievable wealth. it's because of struggle that we are living longer and more well-off lives than ever before.
And but, if we proceed waging warfare with ever-more lethal weaponry, we are going to spoil every little thing we've completed; so our struggles to regulate war make the arriving many years the main decisive within the background of our civilisation. In struggle: what's It stable For? Morris brilliantly dissects humanity's historical past of war to attract startling conclusions approximately our destiny.
The factors, occasions and legacy of worldwide battle II are the topics of this 2-vol. set. a part of the U·X·LR global conflict II Reference Library, global battle II: Almanac presents huge history info and comprises opposite viewpoints which are awarded in an aim demeanour. scholars will examine the weather ahead of the battle, vital battles, medical advancements, civilian studies and the way the realm used to be assorted at war's finish.
- Standing at Armageddon: A Grassroots History of the Progressive Era
- Tudor: Passion. Manipulation. Murder. the Story of England's Most Notorious Royal Family
- The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian
- Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920's
- Türkiye Tarihi Cilt: 1 Osmanlı Devletine Kadar Türkler
- Ancient India and Indian Civilization (History of Civilization)
Extra info for Battle Royal
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.
Battle Royal by Hugh Bicheno