war of the roses

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How Far was the ambition of Richard of York the key cause to the civil strife (unrest) in England between 1450 and 1461? It can be argued that the civil strife in England during the years 1450-1461 was the consequence of Richard of York’s ambition to be king of England.

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war of the rosesHow Far was the ambition of Richard of York the key cause to the civil strife (unrest) in England between 1450 and 1461? It can be argued that the civil strife in England during the years 1450-1461 was the consequence of Richard of Yorks ambition to be king of England. Although this is an important cause to the civil strifes occurrence it is however not the most significant or key cause to the civil strife as the personality, actions and incomptenance of Henry VI as king of England is the major reason to why the civil strife occurred as Henry can be seen as the centre and basis of the all the factors that could arguably of caused the civil strife supported by Alison Weir: at the centre of this bloody faction fight was the pathetic figure and the mentally unstable Henry VI whose ineptitude in government and mental incapacity gave rise to political instability, public discontent and dissensions between the great landed magnates that in turn led ultimately to war and a bitter battle over the throne itself in her account of the civil strife, Lancaster and York: the wars of the roses in 1995. Despite Henry VI feuding and escalating Richard of Yorks ambitions to be king, York still played a key role in the cause of the civil strife. Yorks personal ambition to be a part of the kings council was stimulated from his desire to be a significant figure in England and to be recognised as a great leader; not only this but that he was indeed a magnat

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