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Severus Snape
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In particular, think of the military history, campaigns and battles. And don't forgot to say why you like, what you like.

A bibliography from the designer/design team would be appreciated.

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I've read and reread Gillingham's Wars of the Roses over the years since it was first published in '84. It's my go to text. Used Lander (same title) in grad school--older, and consisting of linked primary accounts rather than narrative, but it gives good flavor. Ross' Thames & Hudson volume (again, same title--damn that Shakespeare!) is a readable illustrated narrative. His bios of Edward IV and Richard III are the best out there (despite my research project director's love for Kendall's RIII bio when I was doing work on Tricky Ricky as an undergrad. Kendall is just too romanticizing about Richard). The English Monarch volume on Henry VI is quite readable as well. I've got Goodman's military history of the wars, but haven't gone very far in it yet.

Never could get into Weir's writing, so can't talk about hers. The newer works by Hicks and Royle look interesting, but haven't gotten to them yet. Whenever I'm in the mood, I sit down with the Henry VI plays and read 'em back to back.
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Gerald Clarke
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I read Costain's Last of the Plantagenets as a kid and got with it a full measure of the period's adventure and romance, then, a few years later, Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time, and soon after that I first heard of the Richard III Society, so imagine my surprise all these years later when I read Alison Weir's The Princes in the Tower which makes a compelling case for Who else is more likely to have been the villain than is Richard? Now I've begun her book on the whole war, called simply enough The Wars of the Roses. I'b be interested to hear from the BGG community what your opinion is in general on good narrative reads for the period and on the guilt or innocence of Richard in particular.
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Gerald Clarke
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Belated apology for my above response not directly pertaining to your specific request for military history and battles. Not much of that, sorry to say, in my recommendations.
 
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Christina Kahrl
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I really couldn't get into Weir either, but I definitely enjoyed Sarah Gristwood's "Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the War of the Roses." It does a great job of documenting the strategic roles of both Margaret Beaufort and Margaret of Burgundy.
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