War of the Roses


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War of the Roses

n. pl. Wars of the Roses
A series of intermittent civil wars in the 1400s between the English royal houses of York and Lancaster and their supporters, ending in victory for the Lancastrians in 1485. Often used in the plural.

[From the symbols of the two houses.]
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Noun1.War of the Roses - struggle for the English throne (1455-1485) between the house of York (white rose) and the house of Lancaster (red rose) ending with the accession of the Tudor monarch Henry VII
Bosworth Field - the battle that ended the Wars of the Roses (1485); Richard III was killed and Henry Tudor was crowned as Henry VII
England - a division of the United Kingdom
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There are a lot of his supporters around here which might be surprising to some as there is a misapprehension that the two sides in the War of the Roses is Lancashire against Yorkshire.
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ON THIS DAY 1471: The Yorkists beat the Lancastrians at the Battle of Barnet, in the War of the Roses.
I enjoyed some of Coventry's hidden treasures and I never cease to be amazed at just how much culture and heritage we have in this wonderful city of ours; from the best medieval wall paintings in Europe to the fact that the War of the Roses actually began in Coventry (yes, they really did
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NORTH-WEST soldiers will go head-to-head with Yorkshire soldiers at the War of the Roses Charity boxing match in Saviles Hall, Leeds, on November 12, at 8pm.
To make any sense of events, she must also discuss at some length the Lancastrians, the Yorkist rivals in what is now known as the War of the Roses.
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A Durham village's War of the Roses reached an uneasy truce following a stormy public meeting last night.