Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses

David Santiuste

Date Published :
June 2010
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
20 illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781848845497
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Indisputably the most effective general of the Wars of the Roses, Edward IV died in his bed, undefeated in battle. Yet Edward has not achieved the martial reputation of other warrior kings such as Henry V - perhaps because he fought battles against his own people in a civil war. It has also been suggested that he lacked the personal discipline expected of a truly great commander. But, as David Santiuste shows in this perceptive and highly readable new study, Edward was a formidable military leader whose strengths and subtlety have not been fully recognized. This reassessment of Edward's military role, and of the Wars of the Roses in which he played such a vital part, gives a fascinating insight into Edward the man and into the politics and the fighting. Based on contemporary sources and the latest scholarly research, 'Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses' brings to life an extraordinary period of English history.

About The Author

David Santiuste studied history at the University of St Andrews. He has published articles on various aspects of late medieval culture, including warfare, and is a member of the Royal Historical Society. He currently lives in Edinburgh.


“…well argued portrayal of one of England’s most talented but perhaps least appreciated kings, focusing on his skills as a battlefield leader, an area in which he excelled.’

- History of War

“This is a solid academic study of Edward IV’s political struggles and military campaigns against Lancastrian opponents during the first half of the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485). The Wars of the Roses is a complex, confusing subject concerning civil wars in England. However, David Santiuste provides a readable, easy way to follow the ups and downs of the conflicts, skillfully using academic and contemporary sources, by focusing on the military career of Edward…”

- Dr William Young, University of North Dakota

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