Red Roses: Blanche of Gaunt to Margaret Beaufort

Author(s): Amy Licence


The Wars of the Roses were not just fought by men on the battlefield. Behind the scenes, there were daughters, wives, mistresses, mothers and queens whose lives and influences helped shape the most dramatic of English conflicts. This book traces the story of women on the Lancastrian side, from the children borne by Blanche, wife of John of Gaunt, through the turbulent fifteenth century to the advent of Margaret Beaufort's son in 1485 and the establishment of the Tudor dynasty. From the secret liaisons of Katherine Swynford and Catherine of Valois to the love lives of Mary de Bohun and Jacquetta of Luxembourg, to the queenship of Joan of Navarre and Margaret of Anjou, this book explores their experiences as women. What bound them to their cause? What real influence did they wield? Faced with the dangers of treason and capture, defamation and childbirth, read how these extraordinary women survived in extraordinary times.


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Amy Licenceis an award-winning author and historian whose books include" Cecily Neville: Mother of Kings" and" The Six Wives Many Mistresses of Henry VIII." She has written for the "Guardian," the "TLS," "Huffington Post" and "BBC History" and appeared in Philippa Gregory s BBC documentary "The Real Women of the Wars of the Roses.""

General Fields

  • : 9780750964005
  • : The History Press Ltd
  • : The History Press Ltd
  • : March 2016
  • : 234mm X 156mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 384
  • : 18 black white illustrations, 16 black white plates
  • : Amy Licence
  • : Hardback
  • : 942.04