An Alternative History of Britain: The War of the Roses by Timothy Venning

By Timothy Venning

Timothy Venning's exploration of the choice paths that British historical past may well simply have taken strikes directly to the Wars of the Roses. What if Richard of York had now not given conflict in useless? How could a victory for Warwick the Kingmaker on the conflict of Barnet replaced the process the fight for energy? What if the Princes had escaped from the tower or the Stanleys had now not betrayed their king at Bosworth? those are only some of the interesting questions posed by means of this booklet.

As continually, whereas unavoidably speculative, Dr. Venning discusses all of the eventualities in the advantage of a deep figuring out of the key using forces, tensions and tendencies that formed British background. In so doing, he is helping the reader to appreciate why issues panned out as they did, in addition to what could have been during this tumultuous interval.

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She didn’t want her to start crying again. “Did Wat come to bed with you last night? ” Jennet asked. Agnes looked at her sister, then her eyes slid away. Jennet knew there was something she was not telling. “He always stayed up after curfew, just for a little while usually. To have a last glass of ale, or . ” her sister finished knowingly. “But last night? ” “The same,” Agnes mumbled. “If there was something different, you had better tell me,” Jennet said firmly. “If that murderer missed you by mistake and you know something—well, he might just come back to finish you off.

But I could have been murdered, too. Haven’t you thought of that? It’s making my flesh creep, knowing I was there while . . while. . ” She started to cry afresh. “Well, you weren’t murdered, were you? Whoever did it wasn’t after you, was he? ” Jennet looked at her sister, purposely stifling the pity she felt. She had learned through their years of growing up that if you once gave Agnes any compassion she would give herself over completely to self-pity. The only way to get her through any difficulty was to bully her out of it.

Even though he didn’t raise his hand to you, he was the laziest swine I’ve ever met in my life. And when he died, not beforetimes I might add, from drinking too much ale, you went and married another useless oaf, twice as worse. And he was your own free choice, too. God forgive me for saying so, but it’s maybe not a sad matter that none of your babbies survived to grow. ” “Oh, Jennet, don’t scold me,” Agnes sobbed. “It’s bad enough Wat was killed the way he was, and those others—stabbed right in my own taproom.

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