Soldier, Rebel, Traitor
John, Lord Wenlock and the Wars of the Roses
Imprint: Pen and Sword Military
224 Pages, 6.1 x 9.1 in, 20 color illustrations
- April 2022
- In Stock
Wenlock served in Henry V’s military campaigns in France in the 1420s before moving on to a career in the royal households of Henry VI, Margaret of Anjou and Edward IV. As a diplomat, he led multiple embassies to Burgundy and France and, in addition to the kings he served, he was closely connected with other notable figures of the age such as Richard Neville, earl of Warwick. But Wenlock’s speciality was on the battlefield – he took part in many raids, skirmishes and sieges and in three major battles including the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471 where he lost his life.
Using primary sources as well as contemporary assessments in chronicles and letters, Alexander Brondarbit gives a nuanced description of the main episodes in Wenlock’s long career and throws new light on the motivation of a man who has been labeled a ‘Prince of Turncoats’ because of his frequent changes of allegiance.
“An inherently fascinating and impressively informative historical biography that is especially recommended for community and academic library British History and Military Biography collections…” ~Midwest Book Review