Podcasting the Wars of the Roses!
Always been confused by the Wars of the Roses? Hardly dared ask a question in case you get a three hour long answer? Well, help is at hand!
Over on my website I’ve started a series of history podcasts tracing the origins, nature and extent of the Wars of the Roses – the period during which my novels are set. My object in creating these podcasts is purely educational – free from fictional influences and facebook rants!
Though I’ve studied this period for many years – more than I care to recall! – I don’t claim to know everything and it’s perfectly possible that other students of this controversial period will disagree with some of my conclusions. All I hope to do is give those who are interested a few basic handholds from which to explore further.
To listen to the podcasts, click here
You can also find them on iTunes by searching for Dodging Arrows.
You can leave a comment on individual podcasts if you wish – be polite!
Podcast 1 – The Original Game of Thrones sets the wars in the context of the later middle ages as a whole and in particular the changes that occurred in England in the second half of the fourteenth century and early fifteenth century.
Podcast 2 – Kings and Nobles explains the essentially personal nature of the English monarchy and why that helps to explain how the wars began and continued.
Podcast 3 – Henry VI: saint or simpleton? discusses Henry VI’s long minority and the early years of his adult rule, especially the impact of the Hundred Years War and Jack Cade’s rebellion in 1450.
Podcast 4 – The Bitter Rivals: York and Somerset outlines Henry’s political choices up to 1451 when the growing rivalry between the Dukes of York and Somerset began to affect his government.
Podcast 5 – Showdown! London 1452: Swords at Dawn examines more closely the York – Somerset feud and how it almost brought England to the brink of warfare in 1452.
Podcast 6 – A Red Wedding? Trouble in the North in 1453 turns our attention to the north of England where a long-running feud is about to erupt into violent conflict.
Podcast 7 – “Fasten Your Seatbelts…” It’s 1454! describes the turmoil created by Henry VI’s illness. Since he is incapable of ruling, someone else will have to take charge – but who can be trusted?
Podcast 8 – Bust-up at St. Albans, 1455 King Henry recovers at Christmas 1454. Somerset is released. Now what? Will York and the Nevilles let their control slip away?
Further details will be given in due course of forthcoming episodes