The Sources

  • M. A. Hicks
Part of the Problems in Focus book series (PFS)


The principal sources of the Wars of the Roses are the contemporary narratives and the records, which are more fully understood by each generation. Total recall and complete understanding inevitably elude us, even in the case of the best known events — the battles. The evidence for three campaigns is discussed in my opening section. Subsequent sections consider the chronicles, national records, and local records. Such categories, however, are not quite as obvious as they seem. The Wars of the Roses were both a series of events and a period of history; they resulted not merely from the actions and collision of individuals, but through the clash and interaction of communities, which in turn arise from deeper political, social, economic and even ideological origins. Since historians disagree on these root causes and their roles, so too they differ about the relevance of particular sources, especially local ones, and on their meaning. This chapter, therefore, addresses current historical concerns as well as the sources on which they draw.


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