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Friday, September 11, 2009

Why is it called the Wars of the Roses?

Where does the name "Wars of the Roses" come from? Why roses?

1 comment:

  1. The "Wars of the Roses" name came about in the 19th century. The war was originally known as "The Cousins War." It originated because the two opposing sides each had a rose as their symbol. The House of York had a white rose and the House of Lancaster had a red rose. When Henry VII ended the war, married Elizabeth of York, and founded the House of Tudor, he adopted both roses and created the red and white Tudor rose.