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Wars of the Roses


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
  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
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  • 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

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  • "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.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Wars of the Roses [8] , Hundred Years’ War [8] , Napoleonic Wars [8] , Thirty Years’ War [8] , Hundred Years’ War [8] , Napoleonic Wars [8] , Peloponnesian War [8] , Punic Wars [8] , Thirty Years’ War [8] , Sino-Japanese War [9]
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