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By Ian Dawson

The Wars of the Roses covers the political background of britain from 1450-1485. The content material is amassed into ten discrete enquiries for example:

- Why was once London choked with rebels in 1450?
- used to be Edward IV successful moment time round?
- How convinced do we be approximately why Richard III took the crown?)

Which jointly support research the elemental paradox of this era: humans on the time didn't want civil struggle, and for the nobles loyalty to the monarch used to be all important...yet wars occurred and kings have been deposed. So the relevant query is that if loyalty used to be so very important and other people in England didn't want civil battle, why did the Wars of the Roses occur?

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A. Griffiths painted a much kinder picture of Henry. Griffiths’ Henry was a good man, ‘not unintelligent’, Henry VI deeply religious and taking some important decisions, such as promoting peace with France. Despite this, Griffiths saw Henry as completely 1981 unsuited to be king as he was too merciful to law-breakers and traitors and very poor at choosing advisers. Griffiths’ Henry is a sad figure, not the vindictive character described by Wolffe. According to Griffiths, Henry’s problem was that he ‘never shook off his youthful dependence on others’.

He had Somerset imprisoned. His Protectorate was partly successful but disrupted by the growth of violent feuds amongst some nobles. Phase 3: 1455, Somerset restored – conflict! See page 75 for a map of battles 36 Henry recovered in December 1454. York’s Protectorate ended and Somerset regained power but both men were fearful. Somerset feared York regaining power if Henry collapsed again. York feared Somerset taking action against him. In May, York acted first, gathering an army to challenge Somerset.

His Protectorate was partly successful but disrupted by the growth of violent feuds amongst some nobles. Phase 3: 1455, Somerset restored – conflict! See page 75 for a map of battles 36 Henry recovered in December 1454. York’s Protectorate ended and Somerset regained power but both men were fearful. Somerset feared York regaining power if Henry collapsed again. York feared Somerset taking action against him. In May, York acted first, gathering an army to challenge Somerset. On 22 May Somerset was killed at the battle of St Albans.

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