Wars of the Roses Study Course & Assessment

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Course Overview

The Wars of the Roses were known as a series of civil wars between the Houses of Lancaster and York over the English throne in the mid up to the late 15th century. The conflict occurred in the wake of the Hundred Years’ War. Henry VI inherited the social and political problems of England. Due to his weak rule and questions of insanity, Richard of York asserted his claim to the English throne. 

The Wars of the Roses was a dynastic struggle between the English monarchy and nobility, which resulted in four decades of sporadic battles, murder and execution plots. The nobility of England was split into two groups that were centred on the descendants of Edward III: The Lancasters and Yorks. Two Lancastrian and three Yorkist kings ruled England during the Wars of the Roses. 

The Wars of the Roses lasted for 32 years (1455 to 1487) and encompassed five kings of England. Fought between the Houses of Lancaster and York, the civil wars over the English throne resulted in murders, plots and battles. Between 1455 and 1483, Yorkist kings ruled England. However, the death of Edward IV resulted in a Yorkist succession crisis that weakened the ruling house and gave way to the reemergence of the House of Lancaster. 

Part 1: England and the Causes of the Wars of the Roses

At the end of the course, students should be able to understand the nature of English society before 1455, analyse the weaknesses of Henry VI’s rule, examine the emerging power of Richard the York, and assess the events leading to the outbreak of the Wars of the Roses.

Part 1 Quiz: England and the Causes of the Wars of the Roses

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Part 2: Houses of Lancaster and York

At the end of the course, students should be able to define key terms, trace the connections of the Houses of Lancaster and York, be familiar with Lancastrian and Yorkist kings of England, and analyse the significance of Henry VII to the end of the Wars of the Roses.

Part 2 Quiz: Houses of Lancaster and York

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Part 3: Significant Events of the Wars of the Roses

At the end of the course, students should be able to: Define key terms Analyse the events during the Wars of the Roses Assess how the House of York took control of England Evaluate the significance of Henry Tudor to the end of the Wars of the Roses

Part 3 Quiz: Significant Events of the Wars of the Roses

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