The Contemporary English Chronicles of the Wars of the Roses
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406 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

8 b/w illus.

Series: Medieval Chronicles

Series Vol. Number: 6

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Contemporary English Chronicles of the Wars of the Roses

Edited by Dan Embree and M Teresa Tavormina

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The first modern edition of eight contemporary chronicles covering the Wars of the Roses up to the return of Edward IV in 1471.

The eight chronicles edited here are the principal surviving historical narratives of the Wars of the Roses written in English by men who lived through those wars. These are the best accounts by commoners (and one lord) written for their fellow Englishmen, produced within a few years of the events they describe, and have a particular immediacy.

Five of these chronicles recount in detail particular events: The First Battle of St Albans (21-23 May 1455) and The Siege of Bamburgh Castle (June-July 1464) (batttles);The Rebellion in Lincolnshire (March 1470), and The History of the Arrival of King Edward IV (March-May 1471) (campaigns); and The Manner and Guiding of the Earl ofWarwick (22-30 July 1470) (negotiations).

The remaining three describe the development of the larger conflict over extended periods: the Continuation of Gregory's Chronicle (1450-69), Howard's Chronicle (1461-70), and Warkworth's Chronicle (1461-74).They do not cover the last stages of the Wars of the Roses, since by the end of May 1471, it must have looked as if the conflict was permanently resolved.

These accounts, although contemporary, have to be treated with caution. All of them are narratives of public events intended for public consumption. They remain, however, vibrant and immediate accounts of the events they describe in a systematic, modern edition.
Introduction
The Continuation of Gregory's Chronicle
The First Battle of St Albans
Howard's Chronicle
Warkworth's Chronicle
The Siege of Bamborough Castle
The Chronicle of the Rebellion in Lincolnshire
The Manner and Guiding of the Earl of Warwick
The History of the Arrival of King Edward IV
Explanatory Notes
Textual Notes
Bibliography
Glossary
Index
"[T]his volume excels in fulfilling its primary aim of making eight new editions of key Middle English sources for the Wars accessible to scholars. It is a book that every researcher of the period should own, and it will be the go-to
edition for years to come." SPECULUM
"Valuable volume" NOTTINGHAM MEDIEVAL STUDIES
"For those who already possess copies of these sources in earlier editions, is this edition worth purchasing? My answer is an emphatic yes, primarily because this edition now provides the most accurate version of key primary sources for this period, along with detailed introductions and, especially, explanatory notes." Peter Russell, Journal of British Studies

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Title Details

406 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

8 b/w illus.

Series: Medieval Chronicles

Series Vol. Number: 6

Imprint: Boydell Press