A J Pollard

Edward IV (Penguin Monarchs)

Edward IV (Penguin Monarchs)

The Summer King

Summary

'Edward was a man of considerable charm, who perhaps relied too much upon that charm to keep tensions within his entourage at bay'

In 1461 Edward earl of March, a handsome, charismatic eighteen-year old, usurped the English throne during the first and most fierce of the Wars of the Roses. The years that followed witnessed a period that has been described as a golden age. Yet, argues A. J. Pollard, Edward was a man of limited vision, who squandered his talents and failed to secure his own dynasty.