War of the Roses
War of the Roses, the end of a King and the start of the Tudor dynasty.
For thirty years, a bitter struggle for the English throne was waged between two branches on the same family, the House of York (White rose) and the House of Lancaster (Red rose), both descended from King Edward lll. The division between the two families became known as The Wars of the Roses.
|The House of Lancaster||The House of York|
The lead up to the War of the Roses
1450 King Henry VI was considered by many to be incapable of carrying out the roles bestowed on him as King.
22nd March 1454 When Cardinal John Kemp (the Chancellor) died, Henry was incapable of nominating a successor. To ensure that the country could be governed, a Council of Regency was set up which was headed by Richard Plantagenet (3rd Duke of York) who was popular with the people as Lord Protector.
In a feud with Henry Percy (2nd Earl of Northumberland), Richard Plantagenet imprisoned Edmund Beaufort (2nd Duke of Somerset) in the Tower of London.
Battle of the War of the Roses
Kings of the War of the Roses
|Henry Tudor (1457-1509)|
|Richard Plantagenet (1452-1485)|