Blood and Roses

Helen Castor
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A gripping family biography set against the turbulent background of the Wars of the Roses

The War of the Roses turned England upside down. Between 1455 and 1485 four kings lost their thrones, more than forty noblemen lost their lives on the battlefield or their heads on the block, and thousands of the men who followed them met violent deaths. The letters of the Pastons, an ambitious nouveau riche Norfolk family striving to establish themselves among the landed gentry, offer us a unique and fascinating insight into the tumult of that age. Helen Castor explores the Pastons' experiences of birth, marriage, love, death, and the realities of daily life, and unravels the turbulent politics of the family's affairs against the backdrop of civil war between York and Lancaster.

Author bio:

Helen Castor is a Fellow in History at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. She has spent over ten years working on the Paston letters. Born in 1968, she grew up in Warwickshire, and now lives in London with her husband and son.

Category: History
ISBN: 9780571216710
Edition No: 1
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Paperback
Pub Date: September 2005
Page Extent: 384
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: General & world history

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