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Ambition--throughout man's history, it has bloodied nations and thrown the veil of warfare over tranquility. Such power lust was vividly portrayed in 15th century England, when the stakes of two families and a handful of ruthless and powerful men plunged the land into civil strife. This conflict was waged between the mighty houses of York and Lancaster, and was known as

 

  
 

 O! Pity, pity; gentle heaven, pity.
The red rose and the white are on his face,
The fatal colours of our striving houses.

3 Henry VI; ii, v
 
 

...Abate the edge of traitors, gracious Lord,
That would reduce these bloody days again,
And make poor England weep in streams of blood!
 
Richard III, v, iv
 
 
 
THE WARS OF THE ROSES
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 TIMELINE OF ENGLAND'S RULERS DURING THE WARS OF THE ROSES

 
 
 
 RULER  YEARS RULED  HOUSE
 Henry V  1413-1422  Lancaster
 Henry VI  1422-1461 & 1470-1471  Lancaster
 Edward IV  1461-1470 & 1471-1483  York
 Edward V  1483  York
 Richard III  1483-1485  York
 
 
 
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