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WAR OF THE ROSES HOW IT STARTED AND THE RESULTS Daniel Sneider English IV April 28 2001 O Pity pity gentle Heaven pity The red rose and the white rose on his face The fatal colours of our striving houses War of the Roses The War of the Roses basically began because Edward III had too many sons The kings during this historical period were either tyrants crazy or not intelligent Conflicts and betrayals sparked everywhere And thus the War of the Roses was the most complex and influential war in English history Edward III had won many of victories but his death was sadly ignominious for such a momentous reign-for King Edward had time and again humbled the French during his campaigns in the Hundred Years War wreaking destruction their lands and thrashing their navies and armies at the celebrated battles of Sluys and Crecy War of the Roses He died in 1377 and his son Edward the Black Prince became king and even captured the French king Unfortunately for him he was past his prime and the French fought back and reclaimed most of what was lost in less than a decade Then Edward IIIs eldest son Richard II took claim to the throne Richard II was a tyrant egomaniac and had an evil temperament He killed his uncle Thomas of Woodstock for exiling Richards close friend and lover Michael De La Pole In addition word got out that Henry of Bolingbroke had intent to betray the king Thomas of Mowbry Earl 2 of Nottingham warned Henry to be cautious of the king However when the king heard he went looking for the man who gave warning Henry and Thomas accused each other and the king decided the matter was to be decided with trial by combat However before the fight could begin the king
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