The War Of The Roses

The War Of The Roses

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  • 2 families fought for the throne in the 15th century. Each family had an emblem, these families were the House Of York (white rose) and the House Of Lancaster (red rose.) Within each family people fought for the throne and thought they had the right to be king.
  • Edward IV was king of England and had two sons and one daughter, Edward, Richard ad Elizabeth. When he died, Edward should have became king as he was the oldest, 11, but Richard became king instead, 9.
  • Both of Edward's boys disappeared and no one could prove that Edward IV's brother (Richard) kidnapped them and locked them in the Tower Of London so he could be king. The boys are called 'Princes in the Tower' because of this.
  • Henry was from the house of Lancaster. He thought that he had the right to be king out of his family. His army came to England and fought Richard III at the Battle Of Bosworth Field in 1485. Richard III was killed and Henry became king, becoming Henry VII.
  • After the War of the Roses, The House of Lancaster won. Henry Tudor became Henry VII and married Edward IV's daughter, Elizabeth. He did this to bring peace to England and to unite the two families.
  • To show England that the wars were over and there was peace, Henry Tudor designed a new emblem for his family. Henry VII joined the two roses from the House of York and Lancaster together.
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