Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses
(Pen and Sword Military, 2010)
Indisputably the most effective general of the Wars of the Roses, Edward IV died in his bed, undefeated in battle. Yet Edward has not achieved the martial reputation of other warrior kings such as Henry V – perhaps because he fought battles against his own people in a civil war. It has also been suggested that he lacked the personal discipline expected of a truly great commander. But, as David Santiuste shows in this perceptive and highly readable study, Edward was a formidable military leader whose strengths and subtlety have not been fully recognized. This reassessment of Edward’s military role, and of the Wars of the Roses in which he played such a vital part, gives a fascinating insight into Edward the man as well as the politics and the fighting. Based on contemporary sources and the latest scholarly research, Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses brings to life an extraordinary period of English history.
“A pleasing and well-informed appraisal of the first Yorkist king. Santiuste provides a clear and cogent survey of the battles that put Edward on the throne, and the ones that kept him there” (Dr Michael Jones, author of Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle)
“A valuable and thought-provoking addition to the canon, which ought to become required reading for anyone interested in the reign of the first Yorkist monarch” (Dr Hannes Kleineke, The Ricardian)
“A convincing, well-argued portrayal of one of England’s most talented but perhaps least appreciated kings, focusing on his skills as a battlefield leader, an area in which he excelled” (historyofwar.org)
“Altogether, this well-researched, cogently argued and eminently readable account paints a vivid picture of Edward IV as a courageous and able soldier, capable of utter ruthlessness when the occasion demanded” (Helen Cox, Towton Battlefield Society)
The Hammer of the Scots: Edward I and the Scottish Wars of Independence
(Pen and Sword Military, 2015)
Known to posterity as Scottorum Malleus – the Hammer of the Scots – Edward I was one of medieval England’s most formidable kings. This book offers a fresh interpretation of Edward’s military career, with a particular focus on his Scottish wars. In part this is a study of personality: Edward was a remarkable man. His struggles with tenacious opponents – including Robert the Bruce and William Wallace – have become the stuff of legend. But David Santiuste also explores the wider context of Edward’s Scottish campaigns. He describes the effects on people at all levels of society, providing a richly detailed portrait of the British Isles at war.
“With an insight into not just the military capabilities of the opposing sides, but also the technology, tactics and logistics of fighting a war in an opponent’s land, it reveals a great deal more than the general view of Edward I. A great addition for anyone interested in the lives of the early Plantagenet kings” (Skirmish: The Living History Magazine)
“An interesting look at the first phase of the Scottish Wars of Independence. Santiuste is showing the signs of an author getting into his stride with this his second book which flows well and is no task to finish” (Mark Runnacles Goodridge, Hexham Local History Society)
“… looks into exactly what made Edward tick, with a fascinating exploration of the king’s personality” (Scottish Field)