My review of ‘Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou: A Marriage of Unequals’ by Amy Licence

Pen & Sword History

A fascinating look at the lives of Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou with the focus on their marriage, as they faced the challenges of ruling 15th century England. Henry has been viewed as unsuitable for kingship but Licence shows how he did his best with the tools available to him but that ultimately circumstances and his health went against him. Margaret might have made mistakes as she tried to hold the throne of England for Lancaster but as Licence asks, what else was she supposed to do other than fight for her husband’s throne and her son’s inheritance?

This very readable book gives a balanced account of the Wars of the Roses and the choices made by the participants in this drawn out conflict that led to the downfall of the players in this unequal marriage.

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