IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 140: The Wars of the Roses: New Interpretations, I

Monday 3 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Department of History, University of Winchester / Late Medieval Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Organiser:Gordon McKelvie, Department of History, University of Winchester
Moderator/Chair:James Ross, Department of History, University of Winchester
Paper 140-aThe Wars of the Roses: A Distinct Historical Era?
(Language: English)
Michael Hicks, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 140-bThe House of York: Early 15th-Century Nobility, Treason, and Attainder
(Language: English)
Sarah Stockdale, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Winchester
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 140-cSpanish Perspectives on the Wars of the Roses
(Language: English)
Alexander Brondarbit, School of History, Philosophy & Religion, Oregon State University
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy

The Wars of the Roses occurred in the aftermath of the Hundred Years War, a period in which the English frequently encountered and fought their French counterparts. This prolonged entanglement with ‘the other’ had a profound effect on the political turmoil known as ‘The Wars of the Roses’. These two sessions explore what happened in English politics after a century of intermittent conflict with the French. Paper -a considers the extent to which the Wars of the Roses was a distinct historical era in English history. Paper -b examines the House of York in the early 15th century and how the treasonable activities of many of its members illuminate the breakdown of a chivalric, kin-based monarchical society in England which was crucial in sowing the seeds of the Wars of the Roses. Paper -c focuses on Edward IV’s claim to the crown of Castile and his attempts to court the hand of Queen Isabella. In contrast to other studies that have focused on the Burgundian and French perspectives of the wars, this paper examines the Spanish perception and experience of the wars as seen in contemporary chronicles, writers, and later Spanish propaganda.