• The Wars of the Roses: A Captivating Guide to the English Civil Wars That Brought down the Plantagenet Dynasty and Put the Tudors on the Throne

  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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The Wars of the Roses: A Captivating Guide to the English Civil Wars That Brought down the Plantagenet Dynasty and Put the Tudors on the Throne

By: Captivating History
Narrated by: Desmond Manny
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Explore the Captivating History of the Wars of the Roses!

The Wars of the Roses were a complex set of battles, skirmishes, and kidnappings during the 15th century in England. They had their roots in the nearby Civil War of France, which greatly influenced English politics for years to come. Though there is no one universally-accepted start or end date for these wars, the major events throughout the wars occurred between 1455 and 1485.

The central reason for the Wars of the Roses, otherwise referred to as the 15th century English Civil War, was a tug-of-war between two families for the throne of England. Though both families were in fact closely related, they had split half a century earlier. Instead of one unified Plantagenet family, the cousins became Lancasters and Yorks. While the Lancasters remained on the throne, the Yorks were overlooked in the succession of kings. The Yorks became jealous, given their equal relation to England’s ancient monarchy, and when the Plantagenet-Lancaster dynasty appeared tragically weakened by the succession of Henry VI, the royal cousins took the opportunity to demand a new ruler.

In this book, you will discover topics such as:

  • A short history of the House of Plantagenet
  • Civil war in France
  • England’s loss and a king’s Illness
  • Treason by the Duke of York
  • The Battle of Northampton
  • Margaret’s army
  • Mortimer’s Cross and the Battle of Towton
  • York takes the throne
  • The king in the Tower
  • The foundation of the Tudor dynasty
  • Attempts on the Tudor throne
  • The sainthood and cult of King Henry VI
  • The legacy of the Wars of the Roses
  • And much, much more!

So if you want to learn more about the Wars of the Roses, listen to this audiobook now!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

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  • 01-21-19

Atrocious narration, poor timing, not recommended

I have read hundreds of history books over the years and have listened to dozens of audio books on history. This is perhaps the worst I have heard. The text is dry, with no real effort put in to making it dynamic or to provide appropriate spacing. I very much doubt it was written for audio, but if it was, then someone needs to try harder. As to the narration: it is like listening to a computer, overly fast (yes, I know you can adjust speed), with little to no intonation or phrasing and no attempt at all to pause between sections let alone key points. I am dissapointed. The War of the Roses is a stunning and captivating tale, if told better and it is rich with military, biographical, political and criminal fact. I will watch for a better telling.

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This is a clearly written

It's an historical fiction, albeit pretty close to what actually happened. I enjoyed it this coverage of the main characters that played out the drama of the war of the roses.

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Sweet to the point

Particularly recommended for fans of History. I gulden provides a fresh and slightly different approach increasing the choice for historical fiction enthusiasts like me. Highly recommended

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INFORMATIVE

Lots of excellent information. Most I knew, but it was good to see. Good timeline in the end, also. Good! Great! Better than fiction!

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With too much detail

If you enjoy reading about the War of the Roses, then you should give this book, and series, a try. I think you will enjoy it. Great way of blending his story with history.

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Accurate AND a pleasure

Of a time in history that changed the course of the English monarchies and ruling factions. Recommend for those needing filler to a more comprehensive story.

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Gave you a pretty good overview of the war

Gives a good short summary of an interesting period of history….quite informative. I enjoy the Tudors and this short history is an excellent introduction to that part of our history.

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A very simplistic history

It was perfect for what I needed…I expected this book to be a long slog but it was short, concise and informative. A fascinating era in English history is given life.

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Really good book

Interesting book with a lot of excellence information, a good book. Highly recommend it if you are looking for history pertaining to this topic. It is informative and educational.

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Sometimes difficult to follow

The War of the Roses was concise but not brief. I very much agree that the Game of Thrones is based on this story. It is interesting how the true story like the War of the Roses seems like fiction in the Game of Thrones on seems like nonfiction.

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  • S. Thompson
  • 05-02-19

English Please

English history really should never, ever, ever, ever, ever, be narrated by an American. This is painful to listen to – the most basic English pronunciations are butchered. There is a very precise way to pronounce place names etc. in “English” (rather than “American”) and simply by not doing so makes a mockery of the production. No big deal you say? Well you'd be annoyed if Arkansas was read as it's spelt – and in no universe is “Arkansas” pronounced “Ark-an-saw”

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  • Jacob Clayton
  • 01-11-19

lye-ster

overall a very good and informative book, however the choice to have an American narrator dictate English history is an odd one as he clearly struggles with many of the place names and mispronounced many of them

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  • McTavish
  • 06-10-21

American Gets English History Very Wrong

If you want to learn about the War's Of The Roses I highly recommend The Hollow Crown By Dan Jones

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  • Moss
  • 11-10-18

Thanks to this very approachable history

I assumed it would be filled with much more than battle scenes - there would be character assessments and lots of political intrigues too. And I was right, it was incredibly fascinating and I feel I understand this time period and conflict much better.