Wars of the Roses

By Ian Dawson
June 2012
Hodder Education
Distributed by the Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 9781444144482
142 Pages, Illustrated
$32.95 Paper original

The OFSTED report on school history suggests that the current generation of A Level students have been poorly served by exam-based textbooks which spoon-feed students while failing to enthuse them or develop deeper understandings of studying History

The Schools History Project has risen to this challenge with a new series for the next generation. Enquiring History is SHP's fresh approach to Advanced Level History that aims: 
- To motivate and engage readers 
- To help readers think and gain independence as learners
- To encourage enquiry, and deeper understanding of periods and the people of the past
- To engage with current scholarship 
- To prepare A Level students for university

Key features of each Student book
- Clear compelling narrative - books are designed to be read cover to cover
- Structured enquiries - that explore the core content and issues of each period
- Feature panels between enquiries provide context, overview, and extension 
- Full colour illustrations throughout

This volume
The Wars of the Roses covers the political history of England from 1450-1485. The content is gathered into ten discrete enquiries (for example
- Why was London full of rebels in 1450?
- Was Edward IV a success second time round?
- How certain can we be about why Richard III took the crown?) 
which together help examine the fundamental paradox of this period: People at the time did not want civil war, and for the nobles loyalty to the monarch was all important...yet wars happened and kings were deposed. So the central question is If loyalty was so important and people in England did not want civil war, why did the Wars of the Roses happen?

A question worth answering!

Web-based support includes
- lesson planning tools and activities for teachers
- Dynamic eBooks for whole class teaching or individual student reading
- Exam advice for each specification 

Table of Contents: 
1. The Wars of the Roses: the Essentials
2. Why was London full of rebels in 1450?
3. Why did fighting break out in 1455?
4. Why was Edward IV able to win the crown in 1461?
5. Is Professor Carpenter right about Edward IV?
6. Was Edward IV a success second time round?
7. How certain can we be about why Richard III took the crown?
8. Was Richard III defeated because of the disappearance of the Princes?
9. How influential was the role of other countries in the Wars of the Roses?
10. What impact did the Wars of the Roses really have?


Enquiring History


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