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The Wars of the Roses

Talks/Lectures

Event Description

You've probably heard of the Wars of the Roses, but how much more do you know? Contrary to popular myth, it was not about the counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire having a fight!

Join Chris Green, as he takes you on a spell-binding journey through one of the most violent and unknown parts of English history.

Discover the web of family intrigues and bloody feuds that spanned 30 years and saw 5 kings ascend the throne (2 of whom were murdered and another killed in battle) and the most bloody battle ever fought on English soil.

Learn how the mighty house of Plantagenet imploded and how the Tudors to rise from obscurity to seize the throne.

Meet a cast of heroes and villains from real history…Edward of York, Richard of Gloucester, Henry Tudor, Margaret Beaufort, Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret of Anjou, Warwick the Kingmaker…

Ponder what really did happen to the Princes in the Tower.

Isn't it time that you found out the real story about The Wars of the Roses?

1) The Disputed Crown

The prelude to the Wars of the Roses. Hear how the mighty House of Plantagenet breaks into two rival factions and the claims that each side had to the throne. It makes the average family dispute look pretty tame! Who would you have supported if you were there?

2) A Family At War

With battle lines drawn the two sides converge on St. Albans and there in the streets of this cathedral city the Wars of the Roses begins. The Yorkist army finds a champion in Warwick ("The Kingmaker") whilst the Lancastrians realise that their king is no warrior....but his wife most certainly is and she takes charge. And then at Wakefield, disaster strikes the House of York…

3) York Triumphant

Edward of York is victorious in the bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil. Nearly 30,000 Englishmen lie dead on a field in Yorkshire. Meanwhile at Tewkesbury, The Prince of Wales is killed and King Henry is captured & murdered. Edward is proclaimed King Edward IV but will he survive when Warwick changes sides.

4) The Princes In The Tower

Upon Edward IV's death his teenage son is proclaimed King but his uncle, Richard of Gloucester, has other plans. He places both the new king and his younger brother in the Tower of London for their safety. They are never seen again… And so begins one of the greatest mysteries in English royal history and the story of the villainous Richard III begins.

5) The Last Medieval King

Uncle Richard decides to become King but the House of Lancaster is once more on the march led by a Welshman - Henry Tudor. They meet at the Battle of Bosworth Field on the 22nd August 1485. Both rivals know that it is winner takes all. They face each other but what will Lord Stanley do? Richard leads a heroic charge against the usurper…and there in a in a boggy marsh Richard III, the last of the Plantagenet kings is killed.

6) The Dawn of The Tudors

After his victory at Bosworth Field, the Lancastrian leader, Henry Tudor is crowned king Henry VII. It's the start of one of the most famous and influential Royal dynasties in English history. His son becomes Henry VIII, his grand daughter is Elizabeth I. The Tudors have arrived on the English throne! Henry goes about uniting the houses of York & Lancaster but he is faced with a major challenge and the Wars of The Roses has one last battle in store.

7) Discussion Group (and a fun little quiz!)

  • Duration: 60 mins x 6 plus discussion group
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
  • Book all events and approach as a history course, or dip in and out at your leisure!

Meet the Host, Chris

Chris Green (“The History Chap”) tells the stories that bring British history to life.. A graduate in History, Chris combines a deep knowledge of his subjects, with a natural flair for story telling. Audiences have described his talks as interesting, enjoyable and engaging.

Chris lives in the historic market town of Nantwich in Cheshire. Aside from his passion for history, Chris enjoys walking and cooks a mean Thai curry!

Last year, he made his debut as a stand up comedian in Liverpool (and survived to tell the tale!).

His website is: www.thehistorychap.com