The Wars of the Roses

The House of Lancaster represented a red rose.

The House of York represented a white rose.

The Wars of the Roses were the fight between two families for the throne.

King Henry VI, from the House of Lancaster, takes the throne at age 1, and was never a good king. His cousin, Edward IV defeats him in battle.

Later, Henry overtakes the throne again until he is killed in battle.

When Edward died after his rule, his brother, Richard III, locks his two sons in a tower.

After Richard III dies in battle, Henry VII of the House of Tudor takes the throne.

Edward IV was a much better military commander than Henry VI and defeated his larger army at the Battle of Towton.

Edward IV was king from 1461 to 1470 and 1471 to 1483. Henry VI was mentally ill when he was king.

It is believed Richard III could have killed the two princes. He was a brutal king who punished many people by death.

However, there is no evidence he killed them.

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