Osprey’s title on the Wars of the Roses is typical of their Man-at-Arms line. Half the book is a good simple history of the period, and a fairly solid introduction to it. There’s no details, no sense of the people, but given the proverbial confusion that the Wars can engender, this cut-down summary seems to be a good place to start.

It is also nice in that it manages to point out a fair amount of ‘received fiction’ in the normal accounts, beginning with a paragraph-long description of the Wars, and then stating “A familiar story perhaps: but not containing a word of truth.”

It’s an early Osprey book, so the color plates are good without being great. However, the discussion of the plates is extra long, and informative.