Online Course: The Wars of the Roses (September 2020)


An online course about the Wars of the Roses.

The Wars of the Roses was a struggle for power between different branches of the Plantagenet family. The causes of the Wars are Complex, as are the reasons for the way in which the conflict developed. This course explores the people and places at the heart of the conflict. It uses academic opinion and contemporary sources to provide an insight into the period and politics. The nature of warfare and the role of noblewomen are explored.

This is a virtual product. Participants will receive an automated receipt and then an email with login details one week before the start of the course.


The Wars of the Roses was fought in the 15th Century. It was the result of a complex web of political differences, dynastic claims and discontent. Over the course of the second half of the century, the monarchy changed hands several times. Usurpers were usurped themselves. Kings, Princes and Great Nobles were murdered, executed or simply vanished. Warfare changed, as did Society. This online course examines the key issues surrounding the Wars of the Roses. No prior knowledge of the period is required. The course is suitable for adults interested in the history of the Wars of the Roses, or for A-Level students studying the period. 

Are you a teacher wanting to run this course with an A-Level group? E-mail or message our Facebook page to discuss this.

Early Booking discount available until 1st August 2020. 

Wars of the Roses. Image by Pipilongstockings, Creative Commons 2.0 licence.
Wars of the Roses. Image by Pipilongstockings, Creative Commons 2.0 licence.

Course Contents

  • Context: What were Society and Politics like in England before the Wars of the Roses?
  • Who’s Who? An introduction to the Key Individuals involved at the beginning of the conflict.
  • Causes of the Wars of the Roses.
  • Historiography of the Causes of the wars.
  • Attempts to prevent the outbreak of general warfare.
  • Phase One of the Wars. Explores the Victory of Edward IV at Towton and his consolidation of power.
  • The Woodvilles. Looks at the marriage of the King to Elizabeth Woodville and its consequences in and around the court.
  • Phase Two of the Wars. Warwick’s defection and Edward’s fight to regain the crown. Including the Battles of Barnet and Tewkesbury.
  • Women of the Wars of the Roses.
  • The Princes in the Tower.
  • The rule of Richard III.
  • Phase Three of the Wars: The Tudor Victory at Bosworth and consolidation of Tudor rule.
  • The Nature of Warfare during the Wars of the Roses.

Delivery is online. It makes use of:

  • Digital copies of source material
  • Video lectures
  • Video discussions
  • Online discussion groups
  • Interactive exercises to explore sources with guidance built-in
  • Quick quizzes to check your understanding

The course begins on September 1st 2020. Please see our online courses page for details of when it is due to start again.

Participants will be sent an email with login details the week before it begins. This email contains login details for the course, which will be run on our Moodle site. 

The course is written and led by Dan Moorhouse. Dan has researched the Wars of the Roses to Masters level, writing about the consequences of the Battle of Towton as a dissertation topic. A book on that topic is currently being written, with an intended publication date in late 2020.

If you have previously done this course you will be able to access this new and improved version. The video content, in particular, is entirely new. Extensive additions have been made to other areas of the course too.

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Note: This is a virtual product. You will receive login details for the course the week before it commences. Your proof of purchase and reference numbers will appear on your receipt and can be accessed by logging back into your account at any time: these are secure areas.

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