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Choosing the Red and White Roses by Henry A Payne (1868-1940)
Choosing the Red and White Roses
by Henry A Payne (1868-1940)
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The Wars of the Roses: Further reading

Listed below is an extensive further reading relating to The Wars of the Roses, as follows:

Bibliography

 1. Political history

 2. Specific battles

 3. Battlefield guides

 4. Warfare

 5. Reference section

Contemporary Sources

 6. State and local government papers

 7. Foreign archives

 8. Chronicles & histories

 9. Correspondence

10. Selections

11. Songs & poetry

Online Library

12. Essays & Articles

13. Book reviews

Fiction

14. Fiction

Inevitably, these bibliographies are not exhaustive, but we believe all the major works are listed and new publications will be added as they become available. If you feel we are missing an important text, please let our librarians know.

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Bibliography

1. Political history of the Wars of the Roses

The history of the Wars of the Roses

Title Author/Editor Publisher Year
The Pastons: A Family in the Wars of the Rosesedited by Barber, RichardBoydell Press2004
The Chronicles of the White Rose
Reprint of 1843 edition.
edited by Giles, J CAlan Sutton1974
The Chronicles of the Wars of the Rosesedited by Hallam, ElizabethWeidenfeld & Nicholson1988
The Wars of the Rosesedited by Hallam, ElizabethColour Library Books1998
The Wars of the Roses : From Richard II to the Fall of Richard III at Bosworth Field as seen through the eyes of their contemporaries.edited by Hallam, ElizabethGrove Press1998
Blood-Red the Roses: The Wars of the Roses
An elementary history of the Wars of the Roses.
Alderman, Clifford Lindsey1973
Three Crises in early English History : Personalities and Politics during the Norman Conquest, the Reign of King John, the Wars of the RosesAlexander, Michael van CleveUniversity Press of America1998
Stoke Field: The Last Battle of the Wars of the RosesBaldwin, DavidPen and Sword2006
The First Battle of St. AlbansBoardman, AndrewTempus2006
The Battles of St. AlbansBurley, Peter; Elliott, Michael and Watson, HarveyPen and Sword2007
The Wars of the Roses: Politics and the Constitution of England c. 1437 - 1509Carter, ChristineCambridge University Press1997
The Wars of the Roses
A Royal History of England Series – an easy to read coffee table book with plenty of well known pictures of people and places a good introduction to the wars, it has a chapter on each of the kings involved in the build up to the Wars of the Roses.
Cheetham, Anthony, edited by Fraser, AntoniaWeidenfeld & Nicholson2000
The Wars of the Roses
Popularised well illustrated account of the Wars.
Cole, Hubert1993
Lancastrians and the Yorkists : Wars of the RosesCook, D RLongman1984
The Wars of the Roses
History in Depth series. For secondary school pupils, a concise illustrated account of the Wars with quotations from sources and questions for further thought and work.
Dawson, IanNelson Thomas1990
Henry VI, Margaret of Anjou and the Wars of the Roses
A source book, chapters focusing on aspects of the Wars of the Roses era with commentary followed by extracts from contemporary chronicles, letters etc.
Dockray, Keith2000
William Shakespeare, The Wars of the Roses and the HistoriansDockray, KeithTempus Publishing2002
The Wars of the Roses: Stories of the Struggle of York and Lancaster
Narrative of the course of events from the "Plucking of the Roses in the Temple Garden" to the death of Richard III at Bosworth.
Edgar, J G1859
The Wars of the Roses
(introduction by Ralph A Griffiths)
Evans, H TSutton Publishing1998
Wales and The Wars of the Roses Evans, H TSutton Publishing1998
A Royal History of England : The Wars of the Roses Fraser, AntoniaUniversity of California2000
The Wars of the Roses : Peace and Conflict in 15th Century England
Examines the campaigns and battles and the politics behind them, showing their limited impact on the social and religious life of the country. (Paperback in 1990)
Gillingham, JohnLouisiana State University1981
The Wars of the RosesGillingham, JohnWeidenfeld & Nicholson2001
The Wars of the Roses : Military Activity and English Society 1452 - 1497Goodman, AnthonyTempus Publishing2004
The Wars of the Roses: The Soldiers' ExperienceGoodman, AnthonyTempus2006
Two Families in the Wars of the Roses
The Paston and Stoner families.
Goyder, RosemaryLongman1974
Sir Rys ap Thomas and his Family : Study of the Wars of the Roses and Early Tudor Politics Griffith, Ralph AUniversity of Wales Press1993
The Wars of the RosesGriffiths, Ralph ASutton Publishing1998
Memorials of the Wars of the RosesHampton, W EUpminster1979
The Clifford Household During the Wars of the Roses 1450 - 1487Harvey, Adrian, and Waite, MartinWeidenfeld & Nicholson1988
Richard III and his Rivals: Magnates and their motives in the Wars of the RosesHicks, MichaelHambledon Press1991
The Wars of the Roses 1455 - 1485
Essential Histories Series No 54: History of the Wars of the Roses with family trees for the Houses of York and Lancaster, maps and chronology.
Hicks, MichaelOsprey Publishing2003
The Wars of the RosesHicks, MichaelYale University Press2010
The Wars of the RosesKendall, Paul MurraySphere Books1957
The Yorkist Age: Daily Life in the Middle AgesKendall, Paul MurrayAllen & Unwin1962
The Wars of the Roses
Library edition, World History series.
Lace, William AGreenhaven Press1995
The Wars of the RosesLander, J RSecker & Warburg1963
The Crown & Nobility 1450 - 1509Lander, J RArnold1976
Politics and Power in England 1450 - 1509Lander, J RArnold1976
The Wars of the RosesLander, J RAlan Sutton/St Martin's Press, New York1990
The Lincolnshire Gentry and the Wars of the RosesMackman, Jonathan SUniversity of York2003
Wars of the Roses 1377 - 1471Mowat, A JCrosby Lockwood1914
The Wars of the Roses
(Caxton Editions 2003; Cassell Military 2005)
Neillands, RobinWeidenfeld & Nicholson1992
The Wars of the RosesParker, Michael St John, edited by Lockhart, AnnPitkin Guides1996
The Wars of the Roses and Henry VIIPendress, ColinHeinemann2003
North East England during the Wars of the Roses: Lay Society, War and Politics 1450 - 1500Pollard, A JClarendon Press1990
The Wars of the Roses
British History in Perspective series, concise account of the causes, course of, and effect of the wars with a useful biographical survey.
Pollard, A JPalgrave & MacMillan1995
The Wars of the Roses
Problems in Focus series.
Pollard, A JPalgrave MacMillan1995
The Wars of the Roses
A Wheadon reference book
Raine, MichaelExeter1969
Lancaster & YorkRamsay, J HOxford University Press1892
The Lordly Ones: A History of the Neville Family and their Part in the Wars of the RosesRichardson, GeoffreyBaildon Press1998
A Pride of Bastards: A History of the Beaufort Family and their Part in the Wars of the RosesRichardson, GeoffreyBaildon Press1998
The Wars of the Roses: A Concise HistoryRoss, CharlesThames & Hudson1976
Bosworth Field and the Wars of the RosesRowse, A L1966
The Wars of the RosesRoyle, TrevorPalgrave MacMillan2005
The Road to Bosworth Field
Military history of the wars in the context of political,religious and social background.
Royle, TrevorLittle Brown Book Group2009
Wars in the North: The Wars of the Roses in the North East of EnglandSadler, John DouglasStuart Publishing2000
The Wars of the Roses through the lives of five men and women of the Fifteenth centurySeward, DesmondViking Press1995
The Last White Rose: Dynasty, Rebellion and Treason: The Secret Wars Against the TudorsSeward, DesmondConstable & Robinson2010
Battles in Britain and their Political Background Vol I 1066 - 1547
Includes a summary of the Wars of the Roses and detailed accounts of the Battles of St Albans (2nd), Tewkesbury and Bosworth
Seymour, WilliamSidgewick & Jackson1975
The House of York: Yorkist Account of the Wars of the RosesSnowden, KeithCastledon Publications1998
Lincolnshire and the Wars of the RosesStorey, R L1976
The Wars of the Roses and the Yorkist KingsWarren, JohnHodder & Arnold1995
The Wars of the RosesWebster, BruceRoutledge1997
The Wars of the RosesWeir, AlisonBallentine Books1995
The Wars of the Roses: York and LancasterWeir, AlisonJonathan Cape1995
The Wars of the Roses
Men at Arms series No 145: Brief, well illustrated account of the course of the wars, with family trees for the Houses of York and Lancaster, battle maps, tables and numbers of combatants plus illustrations of liveries, badges, weapons and armour. (colour illustrations by GA Embleton)
Wise, TerenceOsprey Publishing1983

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2. The Battles

Descriptions of the 17 battles of the Wars of the Roses, battle plans overlaid on Ordnance Survey maps …

Title Author/Editor Publisher Year
Politics and the Battle of St. Albans 1455Armstrong, C A JLondon1983
Merevale and Atherstone: 1485 Recent Bosworth DiscoveriesAustin, John DThe Friends of Atherstone Heritage2004
Stoke Field: The Last Battle of the Wars of the RosesBaldwin, DavidPen & Sword Books2006
The Battle of BosworthBennett, MichaelAlan Sutton1985
The Battle of TowtonBoardman, AndrewSutton Publishing2000
The First Battle of St Albans: 1455Boardman, AndrewTempus Publishing2006
The Battles of St AlbansBurley, Peter; Elliott, Michael; and Watson, HarveyPen & Sword Books2007
Barnet 1471: Death of a KingmakerClark, DavidPen & Sword Military2007
The Battle of Wakefield Revisited: A Fresh Perspective on Richard of York's Final Battle, December 1460Cox, HelenHerstory Writing and Interpretation2010
Towton - Blood Red Roses: Archaelogy of a Mass Grave from the Battle of Towton AD 1461Fiorato, Veronica; Boylston, Anthea; and Knusel, ChristopherOxbow Press2000
The Field of Redmore: Battle of Bosworth 1485Foss, PeterKairal Press (Rosalba 1990)1988
The Battle of BosworthFoss, PeterNewton Linford1998
Tewksbury 1471Goodchild, StephenLeo Cooper2005
Fatal Colours: the Battle of Towton 1461
Includes lead-up to the battle and introduction by David Starkey on leadership in the fifteenth century.
Goodwin, GeorgeOrion Publishing Group2011
Bosworth 1485: The Last Charge of the Plantagenets
Campaign Series No 66 - softback: Very well illustrated and concise analysis of the Battle of Bosworth complete with detailed maps. Battle scene plates by Graham Turner.
Gravett, ChristopherOsprey Publishing1999
Towton 1461: England's Bloodiest Battle
Campaign Series No 120 - softback: Very well illustrated showing arms and armour, concise analysis of the battle plus detailed maps. Battle scenes by Graham Turner.
Gravett, ChrisOsprey Publishing2003
Tewkesbury 1471: The Last Yorkist Victory
Campaign Series No 131 - softback: Very well illustrated, concise analysis of the battle plus detailed maps. Battle scenes by Graham Turner.
Gravett, ChrisOsprey Publishing2003
The Battle of WakefieldHaig, Philip ASutton Publishing1996
Wakefield & Towton Battlefields: The Wars of the RosesHaig, Philip APen & Sword Books2002
The Battles of Barnet & Tewkesbury
An excellent and well illustrated history of these battles written by the President of Richard III Society.
Hammond, Peter WSutton Publishing1993
Ludford Bridge & Mortimer's Cross: The Wars of the Roses in Hertfordshire and the Welsh Marches and the Accession of Edward IVHodges, GeoffreyLogostar Publishing1998
Ludford Bridge & Mortimer's CrossHodges, GeoffreyAlmelay2000
The Battle of Bosworth FieldHutton, WilliamTempus1999
Bosworth 1485: The Psychology of a BattleJones, Michael KTempus Publishing2002
The Battle of Towton 1461
Covering events from Ludford Bridge 1459 to Towton including the battles of Northampton , Wakefield, Mortimer's Cross and the 2nd battle of St Albans.
McGill, Patrick1992
The Battle of BarnetMcGill, PatrickFreezywater1996
The Battle of Bosworth FieldWilliams, D TLeicester1966
The Field of BosworthWright, K SKingsway Publishing2002

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3. Battlefield Guides

Accounts of battles, guides to what the battlefields would have looked like, battle plans overlaid on Ordnance Survey maps …

Title Author/Editor Publisher Year
Battles & Battlefields in England
Rather out of date accounts of battles from 1066 to 1685 including all the main Wars of the Roses battles from St Albans to Bosworth.
Barrett, CRB1896
The Wars of the Roses: A Field Guide and CompanionBramley, PeterSutton Publishing2006
Cassell's Battlefields of England & Ireland
Chapter devoted to the Wars of the Roses, includes references to the more obscure skirmishes of the wars.
Brook, RichardWeidenfeld & Nicholson2005
Visits to Fields of Battle in England
Reprint of 1857 edition.
Brooke, RichardAlan Sutton1975
The Battlefields of England
A modern account of the battles. Reprinted in 1973.
Burne, A HMethuen & Co Limited1950
Walk Towton 1461: a visitor guide to battle-related sites
Follow Edward, Earl of March's campaign from Mortimer's Cross to Towton.
Cox, Helen, and Stringer, AlanYork Publishing Services2012
Lost Battlefields of BritainHackett, MartinSutton Publishing2005
Discovering Battlefields of England
Brief accounts of the battles with notes on the appearance of the battlefields today. Includes 11 of the Wars of the Roses battles.
Kinross, JohnAylesbury1979
Walking and Exploring the Battlefields of Britain
Accounts of the battles including 12 from the Wars of the Roses, from St Albans to Stoke.
Kinross, John1988
English Battlefields: 500 Battlefields that Shaped English HistoryRayner, MichaelStroud2000
The Hollow Crowns: A History of the Battles of the Wars of the RosesRichardson, GeoffreyBaildon Books1966
The Ordnance Survey: Complete Guide to the Battlefields of Britain
Brief description of each battle with maps for the major battles.
Smurthwaite, David1984
British Battlefields of the South
Where battles were fought (with battle plans overlaid on Ordnance Survey maps) why, and how they were won and lost. Includes 1st & 2nd Battles of St Albans, Northampton, Mortimer's Cross, Barnet, Tewkesbury, Bosworth and Stoke.
Warner, Philip1972
Fields of Fame in England and Scotland
Includes 1st & 2nd Battles of Northampton, Wakefield Green, Towton, Barnet, Tewkesbury and Bosworth.
Wetherell, J E1923

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4. Warfare

Details on the science and strategy of medieval warfare, arms, armour, castles and heraldry …

Title Author/Editor Publisher Year
The Medieval Soldier: Men Who Fought the Wars of the RosesBoardman, Andrew ASutton Publishing1998
The Medieval Archer
A definitive study of the archer and his weapons from the Battle of Hastings to the Wars of the Roses.
Bradbury, Jim1985
The Routledge Companion to Medieval Warfare
Encyclopaedia of medieval warfare covering the period 500 -1500 for Britain, Europe, Mediterranean and Middle East, includes brief biographies of leading kings, lords, generals and leaders plus brief descriptions of many major battles, including the Wars of the Roses, warfare, heraldry and arms and armour.
Bradbury, JimRoutledge2004
War in the Middle Ages
First comprehensive study of all aspects of medieval warfare in Europe from the 5th to the 15th century. Translated by Michael Jones.
Contamine, PhilippeBasil Blackwell1984
Arms and Armour of the Medieval Knight
Large illustrated survey of the evolution of weapons and body armour from the 11th to 16th century.
Edge, David, and Paddock, John Miles1988
The Wars of the Roses: The Soldiers' ExperienceGoodman, AnthonyTempus2006
Knights at Tournament
Well-illustrated survey of jousts and tournaments from the 12th to the 16th century.
Gravett, ChristopherOsprey1988
Armies and Warfare during the Wars of the RosesSadler, John DouglasHMA2002
War and Chivalry: Warfare and Aristocratic Culture in England, France and Burgundy at the End of the Middle Ages
Covers the literature of honour and virtue, the orders of chivalry and the techniques of war.
Vale, Malcolm1981

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5. Reference

Who was Who in the battles, plus invaluable insight into the harsh realities of medieval warfare …

Title Author/Editor Publisher Year
Who's Who of the Wars of the Roses
Concise biographies of the major participants in the Wars of the Roses, written by a member of the Richard III Society.
Buckley, J APenhellick Publications2002
Military Campaigns of the Wars of the Roses
An excellent reference book with concise descriptions and analysis of all of the battles of the Wars of the Roses.
Haig, Philip ABramley Books1997
Who was Who in the Wars of the Roses
Another excellent publication written by a member of the Richard III Society giving concise biographies of the major participants in the Wars of the Roses.
Pogmore, Pauline HarrisonRosabella Press (the publishing group of the Yorkshire Branch of the Richard III Society)2005
Medieval Warfare in Manuscripts
A beautifully illustrated book describing the art of war as depicted in medieval books. These manuscripts give an invaluable insight into the harsh realities of medieval warfare.
Porter, PamelaBritish Library Publication2000
Edward IV and the Wars of the RosesSantiuste, DavidPen & Sword2010
The Ordnance Survey Complete Guide to the Battlefields of Britain
Brief description of each battle with maps for the major battles. Review in The Ricardian December 1985.
Smurthwaite, DavidExeter1984
Encyclopaedia of the Wars of the RosesWagner, John AABC - CLO2001

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Contemporary Sources

We are grateful to the American Branch for being able able to link to information on their web site in this section.

6. State Papers & Local Government Records

This is a list of the most commonly used sources for the period that have been published but it is by no means exhaustive.

Title Author/Editor Publisher Year
Calendar of Charter Rolls: Vol. 6 1427-1516.HMSO1927
Calendar of Close Rolls: Edward IV I 1461-68.HMSO1949
Calendar of Close Rolls: Edward IV II 1468-76.HMSO1953
Calendar of Close Rolls: Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III 1476-1485.HMSO1954
Calendar of Fine Rolls: Edward IV 1461-71.HMSO1949
Calendar of Fine: Rolls: Edward IV Richard III 1471-85.HMSO1961
Calendar of Patent Rolls: Edward IV Vol. 1 1461-671897
Calendar of Patent Rolls: Edward IV Vol. II 1467-77.1899
Calendar of Patent Rolls: Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III 1476-1485.1901
Calendar of Patent Rolls: Henry VI 1451-61
Titulus Regius: To the High and Mighty Prince Richard, Duc of Gloucester
The Parliament Rolls of Medieval England on CD Rom
Available from SDE (Scholarly Digital Editions) £50 plus £2 post and packing. Mail orders to SDE Sales, 31 Guildford Road, Leicester LE2 2RD or e-mail them at sales@sd-editions.com
edited by Given-Wilson, C & others
British Harleian Manuscript 433 4 Vols.edited by Horrox, RE & Hammond, PWRichard III Society1979-81
Rotuli Parliamentorum 6 Vols. 1472-1503
Text of Titulus Regis, the 1484 Act of Parliament settling the crown on Richard III
edited by Strachey, J & others1783
York House Books 1461-1490edited by Attreed, LorraineStroud1991

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7. Foreign Archives

This is a list of the most commonly used sources for the period that have been published but it is by no means exhaustive.

Title Author/Editor Publisher Year
Calendar of Entries in the Papal Registers relating to Great Britain and Ireland: Vol. 13 and Vol. 14 1484-92.
Calendar of Letters, Despatches and State Papers relating to the Negotiations between England and Spain preserved in the Archives of Simancas and elsewhere: Vol. 1 Henry VII 1485-1509.edited by Bergenroth, RHMSO1862
Calendar of State Papers and Manuscripts relating to English Affairs existing in the Archives and Collections of Venice and in other libraries of northern Italy: Vol. 1 1202-1509.edited by Brown, RHMSO1864
Calendar of State Papers and Manuscripts existing in the Archives and Collections of Milan: Vol. 1 1385-1618.edited by Hinds, AB1913

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8. Chronicles & Histories

This is a list of the most commonly used sources for the period that have been published but it is by no means exhaustive.

Title Author/Editor Publisher Year
Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland by Raphael Holinshed 6 volsLondon1807-8
Chroniques by Jean Molinet 1476-1506
Historia Regnum Angliae by John Rous
The Usurpation of Richard III by Dominic Manciniedited by Armstrong, CAJOxford1936
Historie of the Arrival of Edward IV in Englandedited by Bruce, JohnCamden Society1838
Memoires de Philippe de Commynesedited by Calmette, J & Durville, GParis1924
An English Chronicle of the reigns of Ricard II, Henry IV, V, VI, written befor the year 1470edited by Davies, John SCamden Society Vol. 641856
Anchiennes Croniques d'Engleterre by Jehan de Waurinedited by Dupont, EParis1958-63
The Chronicle of John Hardyng and Continuation by Richard Graftonedited by Ellis, HLondon1812
The New Chronicles of England and Franceedited by Ellis, HLondon1811
Three Books of Polydore Vergil's English Historyedited by Ellis, HCamden Society1844
Union of the Two Illustre Families of Lancaster and York by Edward Halledited by Ellis, HLondon1809
Six Town Chronicles of Englandedited by Flenley, ROxford1911
Historia Regis Henrici Septemi by Bernard Andreedited by Gairdner, JamesRolls Series1858
The Historical Collections of a Citizen of London (includes Gregory's Chronicle)edited by Gairdner, JamesCamden Society1876
Three Fifteenth-Century Chroniclesedited by Gairdner, JamesCamden Society1880
A Chronicle of the First Thirteen Years of the Reign of King Edward IV by John Warkworthedited by Halliwell, JOCamden Society Old Series Vol. 101839
Recueil des Chroniques et anchiennes histoires de la Grande Bretaigne by Jean de Waurinedited by Hard, W & Hardy, ELCPRolls Series1891
Itineraries by William Worcestreedited by Harvey, J1969
The Anglica Historia of Polydore Vergil 1485-1537edited by Hay, DRoyal Historical Society. Camden Series Vol. lxxiv1950
Tudor Royal Proclamations Vol. 1edited by Hughes, PL & Larkin, JLNew Haven1964
Chroncles of Londonedited by Kingsford, CL1905
Chronicle of the Rebellion of Lincolnshire 1470edited by Nichols, JGCamden Society1847
The Croyland Chronicle Continuations 1459-1486edited by Pronay, Nicholals & Cox, JohnLondon1986
Chronicle by John Stoneedited by Searle, WGCambs Antiquarian Society Publications Vol. 341902
The History of King Richard III by Sir Thomas More Vol. 2edited by Sylvestre, RSYale1963
The Great Chronicle of Londonedited by Thomas, AH & Thornley, IDLondon1936
Edward IV's Memoir so-called Short Version of the Arrivalledited by Visser-Fuchs, LiviaNottingham Medieval Studies Vol. xxxvi1992
A chronicle at large, mere History of the affayres of England by Richard Grafton 2 VolsGrafton, London1809

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9. Correspondence

This is a list of the most commonly used sources for the period that have been published but it is by no means exhaustive.

Title Author/Editor Publisher Year
Kingsford's Stonor Letters & Papers 1290-1483edited by Carpenter, ChristineCambridge1996
Paston Lettersedited by Gairdner, JAlan Sutton1910 (reprinted 1987)
Letters of the Kings of Englandedited by Halliwell, JCLondon1846
Cely Letters 1472-88edited by Hanham, AlisonEarly English Text Society1975
Cely Papersedited by Maldon, EHCamden Society, 3rd Series1900
Plumpton Correspondenceedited by Stapleton, TCamden Society1839

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10. Selections

This is a list of the most commonly used sources for the period that have been published but it is by no means exhaustive.

Title Author/Editor Publisher Year
Materials relating to the reign of Henry VII 2 Vols.edited by Campbell, W & ELCPRolls Series1873, 1877
Letters and Papers Illustrative of the Reigns of Richard III and Henry VII 2 vols.edited by Gairdner, JamesRolls Series1861, 1863
Richard III: The road to Bosworth fieldedited by Hammond, PW & Sutton, AnneLondon1985
English Historical Documents. Vol. 4 1327-1485edited by Myers, AR1969
Sources for the reign of Henry VII 3 Vols.edited by Pollard, AFLondon1913
England Under the Yorkists 1460-1485edited by Thornley, ID1921
Edward IV: A sourcebookDockray, KeithStroud1999
Henry VI, Margaret of Anjou and the Wars of the Roses: a sourcebookDockray, KeithStroud2000

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11. Songs & Poetry

This is a list of the most commonly used sources for the period that have been published but it is by no means exhaustive.

Title Author/Editor Publisher Year
The Ballad of Bosworth Field
The Song of Ladye Bessiye from Bishop Percy's Folio Manuscripit - Ballads & Romances Vol. 3edited by Hales, JW & Furnivall, FJ1868
Fifteenth Century Prose and Verseedited by Pollard, Alfred W1903 (reprinted 1964)

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Online library

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12. Essays & Articles

The following articles, listed by date of publication, relate specifically to the Wars of the Roses. They have been published in the Society's journal The Ricardian over the past thirty years. A selection of these articles are available on-line with the permission of the authors. The Richard III Society owns the copyright of these articles and they are published on this website for readers' private purposes only. The articles may not be reproduced without the written permission of the Society.

Articles that are not online are available to members through the Barton Library. Back copies of The Ricardian may be still be available in their original format and can be purchased by members and non-members. Please contact the librarian.

Title Author Vol No Date
A Fine Armour Of The Time Of Bosworth Frank Yeoman347Dec 1974
The Battle of Bosworth Brian A Jesson351Dec 1975
On the Prolonged Use of Fifteenth-Century Armour Anthony B L Dove457Jun 1977
Four Southampton Rebels of 1483 Kenneth Hillier564Mar 1979
A Rebel of 1483; Sir Thomas de la Mare Kenneth Hillier567Dec 1979
The Rebellion of 1483: A Study of Sources and Opinions Kenneth Hillier678Sep 1982
The Rebellion of 1483: A Study of Sources and Opinions Part 2 Kenneth Hillier680Mar 1983
The Yorkshire Rebellions of 1469 K R Dockray683Dec 1983
The Civil War of 1459 to 1461 in the Welsh Marches: Part 1 The Rout of Ludford Bridge Geoffrey Hodges684Mar 1984
The Civil War of 1459 to 1461 in the Welsh Marches: Part 2 The Campaign and Battle of Mortimer's Cross - St Blaise's Day 3 February 1461 Geoffrey Hodges685Jun 1984
A Place Mete for Twoo Battayles to Encountre': The Siting of the Battle of Bosworth, 1485 Daniel Williams790Sep 1985
A Ricardian Riddle: The Casualty List of the Battle of Barnet Livia Visser-Fuchs8100Mar 1988
The Battle of Wakefield: The Topography Richard Knowles9117Jun 1992
Lambert Simnel and the King from Dublin Gordon Smith10135Dec 1996
The Execution of the Earl of Desmond John Ashdown-Hill and Annette Carson152005

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13. Book reviews

A selection of the reviews relating to books on the Wars of the Roses that have appeared in The Ricardian

Title Date
Reviewed
Review article: Edward IV's French Expedition of 1475 edited by Francis Pierrepont Barnard.

Dec 1975
Review article: The Ordnance Survey Complete Guide to the Battlefields of Britain by David Smurthwaite

Dec 1985
Review article: Lambert Simnel and the Battle of Stoke by Michael Bennett.

Mar 1988
Review article: The Battles of Barnet and Tewkesbury by PW Hammond.

Dec 1990
Review article: The Battle of Towton by AW Boardman, Stroud 1994.

Sep 1995
Review article: The Battle of Wakefield: 30 December 1460 by PA Haigh.

Dec 1997
Review article: Richard III and Buckingham's Rebellion by Louise Gill. Stroud 1999.

Mar 2000
Review article: Blood Red Roses: The Archaeology of a Mass Grave from the Battle of Towton AD1461 edited by Veronica Fiorato, Anthea Boylston and Christopher Knüsel, Oxbow Books, Oxford 2000.

Sep 2002
Review article: William Shakespeare, the Wars of the Roses and the Historians by Keith Dockray.

Dec 2002
Review article: Tewkesbury 1471: The last Yorkist victory by Christopher Gravett.

2005
Review article: Bosworth 1485: Last Charge of the Plantagenets by Christopher Gravett.

2005

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Fiction

14. Fiction

Novels set during the Wars of the Roses. A selection by Anne Painter, the Fiction Librarian. Listed by Author and then year.

Title Author/Editor Year
Crown of Roses
Covering the period from 1466 to 1486, the story of the heroine's unhappy marriage to a Yorkshire knight in the household at Middleham Castle is ingeniously interwoven with the story of the last years of the Yorkist dynasty.
Anand, Valerie1989
The Merchant Prince
1460-85: story of how a boy of humble origin becomes a successful merchant. Set against the background of the Wars of the Roses.
Bailey, H C1926
The Tudor Rose
Covering the period from 1483 to 1502, this novel tells the story of Elizabeth of York.
Barnes, Margaret Campbell1953
A Mystery to this Day
Story of Perkin Warbeck 1489-99. It includes a long supplement of extracts from documents and original sources.
Barrington, Michael1949
The Lodestar
Set during the period from 1481 to 1485; ambition is the lodestar that leads the hero to join the household of the Duke of Gloucester, but he discovers that the price of power and worldly success may be too high.
Belle, Pamela1987
The Chantry Priest of Barnet
Dramatised social history. The life of a monk who witnesses the battle of Barnet.
Church, A J1885
The Fate of Princes
Francis Lovell seeks the solution to the mystery of the disappearance of the Princes amidst the treachery and political manoeuvring of the 1480's.
Doherty, Paul C1990
The Silver Rose
A teenage romance from the Forget-me-Not series. 1470-71 Alys and Tom are Yorkist supporters (Tom fights for Edward IV at Barnet and Tewkesbury) but Alys is betrothed by her guardian to an old Lancastrian knight.
Eckersley, Jill1998
A King of Vagabonds
1495-1509: story of Perkin Warbeck, Katherine Gordon and James Strangeways, whom Katherine later married.
Ellis, Beth1911
Page or Prentice
A children's story set in the period of the Wars of the Roses. It follows the adventures of Ralph and Walter Tankerville in 1471, and aims to teach children the effects of war on an ordinary family.
Erlington, H1920
The Rose in Spring
Part of a series of four novels on the life of Cicely Neville from 1425 to 1495.
Fairburn, Eleanor1971
White Rose, Dark Summer
Part of a series of four novels on the life of Cicely Neville from 1425 to 1495.
Fairburn, Eleanor1972
The Rose at Harvest End
Part of a series of four novels on the life of Cicely Neville from 1425 to 1495.
Fairburn, Eleanor1974
Winter's Rose
Part of a series of four novels on the life of Cicely Neville from 1425 to 1495.
Fairburn, Eleanor1976
The Killing of Richard III
Trilogy about Henry Morane, a 15th century 'James Bond', starting in 1483 when he is a clerk to the King's Secretary and following his career as a secret agent until 1495 when he achieves his revenge on Northumberland and Stanley for their betrayal of Richard III at Bosworth.
Farringdon, Robert1971
Tudor Agent
Trilogy about Henry Morane, a 15th century 'James Bond', starting in 1483 when he is a clerk to the King's Secretary and following his career as a secret agent until 1495 when he achieves his revenge on Northumberland and Stanley for their betrayal of Richard III at Bosworth.
Farringdon, Robert1974
The Traitors of Bosworth
Trilogy about Henry Morane, a 15th century 'James Bond', starting in 1483 when he is a clerk to the King's Secretary and following his career as a secret agent until 1495 when he achieves his revenge on Northumberland and Stanley for their betrayal of Richard III at Bosworth.
Farringdon, Robert1978
The White Queen
The first in a series called "The Cousins War", set in The Wars of the Roses. This novel portrays the life of Elizabeth Woodville from her meeting with Edward IV until the eve of the Battle of Bosworth. A lot is made of the tradition that Elizabeth is descended from the water goddess Melusina.
Gregory, Philippa2009
The Red Queen
The second book in the series. Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her House is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny.
Gregory, Philippa2010
The Lady of the Rivers
The third in the series. This novel concentrates on Jacquette Woodville. The novel opens in 1430 and ends with her daughter, Elizabeth, marriage to Edward IV in 1464.
Gregory, Philippa2011
The Kingmaker's Daughter
The fourth in the series. This novel features Anne Neville from 1465 until her death in 1485.
Gregory, Philippa2012
Samaritana
Arranged marriage between country girl and nobleman turns to love when she helps him escape after the battle of Towton.
Hammand, N B1979
The Load of Unicorn
A children's adventure story set in 1482, highlighting the rivalry between the scriveners and the new printers. The young hero is apprenticed to William Caxton and helps to find the manuscript of Malory's Morte D'Arthur.
Harnett, Cynthia1959
The Stolen Crown
A novel about the life of Katherine Woodville from 1464 until 1496.
Higginbotham, Susan2010
The Kingmaker
1455-71: story of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick.
Honeyman, Brenda1969
Ruling Ambition
The story of Perkin Warbeck from his childhood in Flanders until his death at Tyburn.
Hume, Robert2000
The Winter Killing
Summer 1459 to Spring 1461 seen through the eyes of a squire to Edmund, Earl of Rutland.
Irwin, Frances1977
Summer's End
Francis Lovell looks back over his life, while waiting to be rescued from his hiding place under Minster Lovell Hall after the Battle of Stoke.
Irwin, Frances2006
The King's Grey Mare
Covering the period from 1452 to 1492 and focussing on Elizabeth Woodville who, hardened by the death of her first husband, devotes herself to the advancement of her family.
Jarman, Rosemary Hawley1973
The Courts of Illusion
A sequel to We Speak No Treason (see Ricardian fictrion): the son of the Man of Keen Sight joins Perkin Warbeck's ill-fated attempt to gain the crown.
Jarman, Rosemary Hawley1983
Beloved Lady
Using the Paston Letters as source material, this is the story of Margery Paston who falls in love with her father's bailiff.
Jefferis, Barbara1956
Proud Cis
For those who like a little humour with their history: the story of the (fictional) twins born to Lady Eleanor Butler and Edward IV, and their involvement with the fate of the Princes, their half-brothers.
Jones, Cherry Calvert1980
The Swan and the Rose
March to May 1471 seen from the viewpoint of a Lancastrian soldier.
Leary, Francis1953
The Duke is Served
A novel by an early supporter of the Fellowship of the White Boar, set in 1470-71, and depicting life among the servants of the Royal Household, and their part in re-uniting Richard of Gloucester and Anne Neville.
Lindsay, Philip1936
They have their Dreams
The story of Perkin Warbeck and Katherine Gordon. From his unsuccessful invasion in 1497 until his execution in 1499. Reprinted 1967.
Lindsay, Philip1956
The Coveted Crown
1445-71: Margaret of Anjou's struggle to hold the crown for Lancaster.
Long, Freda1966
The Last of the Barons
1467-71: Warwick the Kingmaker
Lytton, Edward Bulwer1843
John of Gloucester
The story of John of Gloucester, the illegitimate son of Richard III.
Miall, Wendy1968
The White Queen
A sensitive account of a timid and delicate Anne Neville from childhood to 1485.
Nickell, Lesley J1978
The Wrong Plantagenet
A sequel to The White Boar (see Ricardian novels) in which Philip Lovell's son joins the supporters of Perkin Warback.
Palmer, Marian1972
The Murders of Richard III
A modern mystery novel: macabre recreations of Richard's supposed crimes occur during a house party for supporters of Richard III.
Peters, Elizabeth1974
A Trail of Blood
A detective novel with a difference in which a 16th-century monk investigates the fate of the Princes in the Tower.
Potter, Jeremy1970
My Brother Lambert
Children's story of Lambert Simnel's rebellion, seen through the eyes of his sister who tries to save him from his folly.
Rush, Philip1957
Death and the Chapman
The first of a series of medieval detective stories featuring Roger the Chapman; Roger investigates the disappearance of a wealthy merchant's son in 1471, this leads him to a London tavern with a sinister connection with the Duke of Clarence.
Sedley, Kate1991
Prince Perkin
Story of Perkin Warbeck from 1492 to 1499
Stoker, M Brooke1966
Game of Power
1438-61: the Earl of Warwick's youth and rise to power.
Sudworth, Gwynedd1975
The Game of Kings
1461-71: the Earl of Warwick as 'Kingmaker' and his downfall.
Sudworth, Gwynedd1977
The Adventures of Alianore Audley
Another novel for those who like some humour with their history. Alianore (a 15th-century female Philip Marlowe) recounts her adventures as a member of the Yorkist intelligence working for Edward IV and then for Richard III.
Wainwright, Brian1995
Within the Fetterlock
1396: Richard II is childless – the succession to the throne is in doubt. Constance of York is drawn into intrigues as her husband and brother jostle with their Lancastrian and Mortimer cousins in the race for the throne.
Wainwright, Brian2004
Lion of Alnwick
Trilogy about the Percy family. 1357-1409: the life of Henry Percy 1st Earl of Northumberland.
Wensby-Scott, Carol1980
Lion Dormant
Trilogy about the Percy family. 1414-64: the rivalry between the Percy and Neville families: joined by the marriage of the 2nd Earl of Northumberland and Alianore Neville, sister of Cecily Neville.
Wensby-Scott, Carol1983
Lion Invincible
Trilogy about the Percy family. 1469-89: follows the fortunes of Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland and his relations with Richard of Gloucester.
Wensby-Scott, Carol1984
Set her on a Throne
The life of a spirited Anne Neville from 1470, her happy but tragically short first marriage and her eventual re-discovery of happiness with Richard of Gloucester.
Westcott, Jan1972
The Sprig of Broom
A children's story of Richard III's illegitimate son Richard Plantagenet and his son.
Willard, Barbara1971
Less Fortunate than Fair
Series of three novels on the life of Cicely Plantagenet, sister of Elizabeth of York.
Wilson, Sandra1973
The Queen's Sister
Series of three novels on the life of Cicely Plantagenet, sister of Elizabeth of York.
Wilson, Sandra1974
The Lady Cicely
Series of three novels on the life of Cicely Plantagenet, sister of Elizabeth of York.
Wilson, Sandra1974

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