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Seven Ways Edward IV Was Like a Modern Politician

Although Edward IV is a central part of the story in The White Queen, his character is still somewhat elusive. The White Queen’s focus is on the women. The king, although dominant, is almost a secondary character. Edward IV presents a paradox. In The White Queen, he is the great romantic hero who married for love and yet he is also a known “lecher.” What was the real Edward IV like? In some ways, he was similar to the archetype…

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Review: This Sun of York: A Biography of Edward IV by Mary Clive

This Sun of York: A Biography of Edward IV by Mary Clive My rating: 5 of 5 stars This Sun of York is actually quite decent and provides a surprising number of tidbits of information that don’t appear elsewhere. I suspect that this book might not stand-up to rigorous academic scrutiny. However, in my opinion, this biography is more than acceptable for anyone who is fascinated by this enigmatic monarch or this period. Even though Lady Mary Clive first published This…

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Review: Edward IV by Charles Ross

Edward IV by Charles Ross My rating: 5 of 5 stars Charles Ross’ Edward IV remains, to the best of my knowledge, the definitive work on Edward IV, even though Ross published it way back in 1974. There are other excellent works on Edward IV; however, none are as comprehensive and analytic. Recent biographies about the Wars of the Roses king, tend to focus on specific aspects of his reign or military career. In some cases, they build upon Ross’…

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Edward IV’s Relationships, Robert Baratheon’s Death

In my last post, I wrote about the complexities of medieval relationships in the Wars of the Roses. This post, which builds on the last one, primes you on Edward IV’s relationships, the complexities of which form the basis of Robert Baratheon’s last days. Like Robert Baratheon, Edward IV was close to several different noble families. In Robert’s case, he was close to the Starks, the Lannisters, Jon Arryn, and others. As these families pursued their interests, hatred arose. Similar to…

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Many Thrones Storylines from Edward IV’s Life

Game of Thrones is not simply re-enacting the events in the Wars of Roses. For example, George RR Martin doesn’t have one character who completely embodies Edward IV and participates in all the events in Edward’s life. Instead, Martin slices up some of the most interesting aspects of Edward’s life and, possibly so he can shrink the time period, gives them to different characters. For example, like I discussed in this Robert Baratheon post and this Robb Stark post, Martin assigns: Young…

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Robert Baratheon May Be Edward IV’s Older Half

The Game of Thrones character, King Robert Baratheon, may have been inspired by an older Edward IV with maybe a touch of Edward IV’s grandson, Henry VIII. In fact, George RR Martin has admitted “If Robert is modelled on anyone, it is more Edward IV of England… though as usual, I rang in some changes1 .” Robert Baratheon may have looked more like Edward IV’s grandson (Henry VIII, right) than Edward IV (left). Did a tinge of Tudor creep in…

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Robb Stark as a Young Edward IV

In Game of  Thrones, George RR Martin may base two characters on Edward IV: Robb Stark may be an incarnation of a young Edward IV whereas the older Edward IV may have inspired his Robert Baratheon. Here’s my take on Robb Stark as the young Edward IV. Robb Stark’s torment after learning of his father’s death (In Season 1, Episode 9 “Baelor” At roughly 49:00). Courtesy of Wikia. Robb Stark’s journey involves his coming of age as both a man…

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Your Help is Needed Urgently: Protect Edward’s IV’s Bloodiest Battlefield!

If you’re a Wars of the Roses enthusiast, even if you hate military history, please help protect the Towton battlefield – site of the bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil. Towton, the key victory that brought Edward IV to the throne, left roughly 20,000 to 50,000 men dead on a snowy, blood-soaked battlefield on Palm Sunday 1461. On January 8th, only four days from now, the Selby District Council is voting on whether or not to allow the construction…

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