Monday, May 18, 2009
The Wars of the Roses
The Wars of the Roses does an excellent of covering the history leading up the Wars of the Roses and then detailing that period as well. It's a large amount of history to cover, starting with Richard II and ending with the death of Henry VI, with information on Henry IV and V and Edward the IV in between. Weir is known for her masterful storytelling of history and that keeps the book from just becoming a string of facts. She manages to cram this full of information and interesting tidbits and have the historical figures come alive in a way that escapes most history writers. She also focuses on why events happened and what might have motivated people to do certain things instead of just stringing facts together without any meaning behind them. Why aren't history classes taught this way? I'm going to try to go to Half Price Books this weekend (yeah for finally having one in OKC!) and get her book on the two princes since that's just briefly mentioned at the end of this book and I'd like to learn more about that and Richard III.