Wars of the Roses

The Myth of the Cousins’ War: A Guest Post by Leanda de Lisle

A hearty welcome to Leanda de Lisle! As I said in my last post, I thoroughly enjoyed her new book, Tudor: The Family Story. And now, here is Leanda:   The Wars of the Roses are so over. The power struggle between the red rose House of Lancaster and the white of York, has a

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The Queen’s Sister: Cecily, Viscountess Welles

Cecily, the third daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville and the second to survive adolescence, was born at Westminster on 20 March 1469. It seems likely that one of her godmothers was her grandmother, Cecily, Duchess of York. Young Cecily was less than a month old when she became the topic of international gossip:

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Arms and the Man: Was Edmund Tudor Illegitimate?

Recently, historian John Ashdown-Hill published a book called Royal Marriage Secrets, in which he purports to uncover evidence that Edmund Tudor, father of Henry VII, was not the son of Owen Tudor but of Edmund Beaufort—evidence, in short, that would entail renaming an entire dynasty. The speculation does have some basis in fact. Following the

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Twelve Rules for Writing About the House of Lancaster: A Writer’s Guide

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been looking at the search terms that people use to reach my website and blog. It’s becoming alarmingly clear that while authors of Wars of the Roses books and screenplays are fairly adept at creating Yorkist characters (keywords: noble, strong, beautiful, loyal), some are still a little

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