History explorer: Wars of the Roses

As part of our series in which experts nominate British locations to illustrate historical topics, Sarah Gristwood visits Tewkesbury, where the battle for England's crown was fought to the death...

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This article was first published in the June 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

Historians can’t agree on when – and where – the Wars of the Roses ended. A few would declare it to have been as late as the battle of Stoke Field in 1487, when Henry VII saw off the last Yorkist army to oppose him. The popular vote goes to the battle of Bosworth in 1485, when Henry Tudor defeated Richard III – but by then the nature of this great familial squabble had already changed.

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