Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses

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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.

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David Santiuste studied history at the University of St Andrews and is a member of the Royal Historical Society. He lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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"A pleasing and well-informed appraisal of the first Yorkist king. Santiuste provides a clear and cogent survey of the battles that put Edward on the throne, and the ones that kept him there" (Dr Michael Jones, co-author of The Women of the Cousins' War)

"A valuable and thought-provoking addition to the canon, which ought to become required reading for anyone interested in the reign of the first Yorkist monarch" (Dr Hannes Kleineke, The Ricardian)

"A convincing, 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" (Historyofwar.org)

"Altogether, this well-researched, cogently argued and eminently readable account paints a vivid picture of Edward IV as a courageous and able soldier, capable of utter ruthlessness when the occasion demanded" (Helen Cox, Towton Battlefield Society)

"A new and ultimately riveting book ... shows exactly why historical biographies are vital in engaging enthusiasts, novice or professional" (Medieval Warfare)

"A readable, easy way to follow the ups and downs of the conflicts, skilfully using contemporary and academic sources ... Overall, this is a fine study of the Wars of the Roses that focuses on Edward IV and military operations" (Dr William Young, University of North Dakota)

"Concise, detailed and action-packed ... essential reading" (Thehistoryherald.com)


"An extremely worthy addition to any historian’s bookshelves" (Shropshire Star)

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