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The Wars of the Roses: A Bloody Crown


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  • Directors: James Fowler
  • Writers: Steve Gillham
  • Producers: Martin Phillis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XC5LQE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,922 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Using historically-accurate, battle-filled re-enactments and interviews with expert historians and noted authors, this definitive documentary brings to life the captivating true stories behind the blood soaked wars, which pitted the House of Lancaster (Red Rose) against the House of York (White Rose).

Bonus Features:
Detailed Re-enactments, Weapons Demonstrations, Forensic Investigations and Animated Maps, plus over 75 minutes of Bonus Featurettes (The Weapons, Combat Techniques, Finding Boswort, Towton Graves).

Customer Reviews

I hope I can send it back for a credit.
A. Braswell
Good for those who are still confused with the complicated timeline and events.
Bruce
This only makes the Wars of the Roses more perplexing.
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By FYI TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 3, 2012
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New archaeological evidence, and extensive historical research, are featured in this thoughtful examination of the series of battles that consist of the Wars of the Roses. The specials on weaponry, combat techniques, forensics, and the archeological site of Bosworth Field are all well worth watching. You may want to turn on the subtitles; at times, the music overwhelms the narrative. The role of "The Kingmaker," Richard de Neville, Earl of Warwick, is explored: this powerful force of the House of York was centered at his Warwick Castle, pitted against the House of Lancaster and the weak Henry VI. After the devastating Battle of Wakefield (December 1460) Neville's father, the Earl of Salisbury, was killed, beheaded at the direction of Queen Margaret (while Henry VI was having another bout of mental issues). The Earl's son (and Kingmaker's brother) Sir Thomas Neville was killed in battle. Queen Margaret kept the Plantagenet rivalries going, family feuds gone viral; all were related to one another. Richard's brother, John Neville, 1st Marquess of Montagu, was later killed at another decisive Roses clash, the Battle of Barnett, April 1471; the family lines continued despite all this. No one mentions that one of the The Kingmaker's daughters was Queen Anne (married to Richard III), while her sister Isabel married a great-grandson of Edward III's, George Plantagenet, the Duke of Clarence.

It would have been interesting if the backstory had examined how the powerful Plantagenet, Neville, and Percy (Duke of Buckingham, later Earl of Northumberland), and Beaufort families were all interrelated, with Scottish, Saxon, and various other lineages. This only makes the Wars of the Roses more perplexing.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. on November 26, 2011
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Very informative, if a little bit fast paced and dry. I watched this before I listened to the Philippa Gregory novel "The Lady of the Rivers" then watched this again. The two works blended well together. If you are a history buff, this is an excellent program!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Evan Wood on January 31, 2014
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Helped me understand the intrigue and political deceit that created one of the great English dynasties. I will watch again. Sure makes me glad I didn't have to go fight those guys.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By michael on February 12, 2014
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I thought it was a very informative documentory on one of the bloodiest periods in england. It was worth the money I paid for it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark H. on June 26, 2013
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This is an excellent way to either refresh your knowledge or supplement it with more detail of this period in English history. I watched this after completing a DVD take home course on Medieval England taught by Jennifer Paxton.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard B on January 24, 2014
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The War of the Roses is a period of England history that I heard about, but had not really got a chance to look into and this film does that. Very informative documentary, but a little confusing at times I had trouble keeping up with who was on what side. Good walk through of the maze of English politics even thought I did not understand some of it. The special bonus features on weaponry, combat techniques and the archeological site of Bosworth Field are well worth watching. Overall, I recommend you purchase this film for educational and informative benefit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gotan Girl on June 27, 2014
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I recommend this program to someone who is already somewhat familiar with the Wars of the Roses and would like to learn more. (Examples of why it would be confusing to a newcomer to the material: Due to some strange editing, when they first mention the Earl of March they don't bother to state that the Earl of March is Edward Plantagenet, son of Richard, Duke of York, that same Edward who will go on to become Edward IV. They also don't mention Anne Neville, who goes on to become Queen of England during Richard III's reign, but they do refer to Isabella Neville, her sister, as the Earl of Warwick's "other daughter" so apparently Anne was mentioned and edited out.) The first half of the DVD is the most interesting. I learned quite a bit about the family rivalry between the Percies and the Nevilles and how that helped to that lead to the start of the Wars of the Roses, and the fact that through their skirmishes the "war" had actually started before it became a struggle for the crown. This is information you don't often get in programs about the Wars of the Roses. I liked that they emphasized Queen Margaret's aggressive involvement in the machinations of government at the time, rather than minimizing her role as is often done to female historical figures. I also appreciated their not reducing Henry VI to the stereotypical crazy, sweet saint, and were willing to discuss his personal flaws as well as his virtues.

As the program progresses, the quality goes downhill a bit. It was inexplicably biased toward the Yorks and against the Lancastrians, in that they mention the atrocities committed by Lancastrian forces and not the York forces. Another big flaw is the short shrift they give to Richard III.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on March 20, 2014
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Strictly on an informational front, this is a worthwhile documentary to learn about the Wars of the Roses. There are several historians who explain the intricate details of the wars in a very easy to understand way. You also get to watch two guys dressed in suits of armor demonstrating medieval weapons and war technique, which I found quite interesting. The only thing that drove me crazy about this documentary was the black and white "war" footage. Clearly the filmmakers were going for the whole "you are there" experience, trying to make the battle scenes look like actual footage from the Wars of the Roses! Instead, the grainy, blurry scenes were just annoying and distracting to me. It would have been so much better if the re-enactments were in the style of the History Channel...in full-color and easy to see the action. Because of that fact alone, had I viewed this documentary prior to buying it, it would still be on Amazon's shelves...and not mine.
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