The Wars of the Roses: Cousins, Conflicts, and the Crown

The 15th century in England saw a series of battles among British noble families and royal relatives that ripped apart the fabric of English politics. As Henry VI was weak leader, two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet seized the opportunity for a bold and bloody familial power grab and, in doing so, reshaped the English monarchy. These tumultuous decades saw a rotating cast of kings, families divided, cousin against cousin, and fortunes made and lost.

Join Royal Oak as historian and educator Carol Ann Lloyd focuses on the key players in this tempestuous saga, including Henry VI, his wife Marguerite of Anjou, the father and son Duke of York team, the Kingmaker, Richard III, Margaret Beaufort and her relatives, and the first Tudor king. She also will explain how and why this time of civil war came to be known as the “Wars of the Roses.”

“Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part 3, Act 2” by John Augustus Atkinson, late 18th century

“Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part 3, Act 2” by John Augustus Atkinson, late 18th century

Carol Ann Lloyd

Carol Ann Lloyd is a popular speaker who shares the stories of Shakespeare and English history. She is the former Manager of Visitor Education at Folger Shakespeare Library, where she gave workshops and tours about Shakespeare and Early Modern England. Carol Ann has presented programs at the Smithsonian, Folger Shakespeare Library, Agecroft Hall, and TEDx, among other venues. Ms. Lloyd is a member of the National Speakers Association


Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m. (eastern)

Online via Zoom Webinar

$15 members; $20 non-members


Between Friday, May 22nd and Tuesday, May 26th

“Rent” the recorded lecture to watch at your leisure

$15 members; $20 non-members

The Zoom video link will be sent to you on May 22nd at 12:00 p.m. (eastern). 

The rental video will be hosted on the Zoom website and only will be available for streaming until Tuesday, May 26th at 11:59 p.m. (eastern).  The video will expire on Tuesday, May 26th at 11:59pm and will not be available after that date and time. It cannot be downloaded.