Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses were the civil wars fought in England and Wales between the Yorkist and Lancastrian dynasties between 1455 and 1485. The liveries of the houses of York and Lancaster were represented by white and red roses respectively. Though historians can’t agree on precisely when and where the conflicts concluded, the general consensus is that the Wars of the Roses ended with the battle of Bosworth in 1485, when Henry Tudor (the future Henry VII, the first Tudor king) defeated and killed Richard III. The battle of Bosworth heralded the end of the Plantagenet dynasty and marked the birth of the Tudor age. Other notable battles during the Wars of the Roses include Towton, St Albans, Barnet and Tewkesbury. Here we bring you the facts…

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