War of the Roses was the battle of two families, who tried to wrestle the crown of England for their chosen branch of the House of Plantagenet. The houses of Lancaster and York and their supporters fought each other several sporadic episodes between 1455 and 1487. It followed the turbulent time of the Hundred Year War between England and France, which caused social and financial troubles in England. The war started with Henry VI on the throne and he was challenged by Richard, Duke of York. By the end of the war the weak claim of Henry Tudor gave the Lancastrians a victory over the last Yorkist king Richard III.
The next series of blog posts will look into some of the key and important players from the period and some of the more obscure unknown people who also played their parts.