War of the Roses By: Gabe Elbert

What was the war of the roses?

The Wars of the Roses were a series of wars for control of the throne of England fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet.

This is a picture of the War of the Roses.

Who fought in the War of the Roses?

The Wars of the Roses was fought between the House of Lancaster and the House of York.

This is a picture of the two rivals logos.

What were the two rivals represented by?

The House of Lancaster was represented by a red rose and the House of York by a white rose.

Here is the House of Lancaster and the House of York's logo.

What did the two rivals say they claimed?

Both houses claimed to have a right to the English throne as descendants of King Edward III.

This is a picture of King Edward III.

Fun Facts

University of Leicester believes they have found the remains of King Richard III. The team announced they would be testing them against DNA samples of Richard’s family’s modern-day descendants.

DNA testing had confirmed “beyond reasonable doubt” that the remains found under the parking lot are in fact of King Richard III.

This is a picture of King Richard III remains dug up from the parking lot.

One of the largest battles in the war was the Battle of Towton where over 50,000 soldiers fought and around 25,000 soldiers were killed.

This is a picture of the Battle of Towton.

Edward IV was six foot four inches tall. This was very tall for the time.

This is a picture of Edward IV.

The two houses were both branches of the royal House of Plantagenet.

This a picture of the royal House of Plantagenet.

Some English nobles switched sides several times hoping to end up on the winning side in the end.

This is a picture of what English nobles look like.

Margaret of Anjou led the Lancastrian army during several of the battles.

This is what Margaret of Anjou looks like.

The Battle of Losecote Field got its name when several of the losers took off their coats in order to run away faster.

This is what the Battle of Losecote would look like.

Credits:

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