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Wars of the Roses
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Definition 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
  • It's worse than the Wars of the Roses," said Lucy.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • If she could withstand Cromwell, the Wars of the Roses, and the French, surely you may overlook a bit of hammering.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Thus, towards the end of the eighteenth century a change came about which, if I were rewriting history, I should describe more fully and think of greater importance than the Crusades or the Wars of the Roses.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
  • Here haunted of yore the fabulous Dragon of Wantley; here were fought many of the most desperate battles during the Civil Wars of the Roses; and here also flourished in ancient times those bands of gallant outlaws, whose deeds have been rendered so popular in English song.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • "One of my ancestors fought in the Wars of the Roses," she announced haughtily, without looking round, "and in those wars you were supposed to wear a red rose or a white rose to show whose side you were on, but he was very attached to a pink rose called Lady Lavinia, which we still grow at the Hall, actually, so he ended up fighting both sides at once.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • The Wars of the Roses ....
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own

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