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
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
It’s worse than the Wars of the Roses," said Lucy.
C.S. Lewis -- Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
"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
I found by looking at his chapter headings that it meant—— ’The Manor Court and the Methods of Open-field Agriculture . The Cistercians and Sheep-farming . The Crusades . The University . The House of Commons . The Hundred Years’ War . The Wars of the Roses . The Renaissance Scholars . The Dissolution of the Monasteries . Agrarian and Religious Strife . The Origin of English Sea-power . The Armada .’ and so on.