"People of the Middle Ages existed under mental, moral and physical circumstances so different from our own as to constitute almost a foreign civilization. As a result, qualities of conduct that we recognize as familiar amid these alien surroundings are revealed as permanent in human nature" Barbara W. Tuchman 'A Distant Mirror'
During the last years of the fifteenth century, on a morning in late summer, a small man stood alone by himself in a meadow in the English Midlands.
Epilogue: For most of his reign, Henry Viii lived in fear of his Yorkist rivals, and not without reason.
Between 1455 and 1485 the dynastic struggle in England between the houses of York and Lancaster, known as the Wars of the Roses, devastated the country and decimated the ranks of the nobility. Medievalist Desmond Seward examines the history through the biographies of five individuals. His choice of subjects mixes nobility and common soldier, and includes two extraordinary women. The result is a vividly human picture of a distant time and place. The text is supplemented with useful illustrations and background information.
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Looks at the social and political world of fifteenth-century England through the lives of five influential people: William Hastings, John de Vere, Earl of Oxford, Lady Margaret Beaufort, John Morton, and Jane Shore.