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Middle Ages
The War of the Roses

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Middle Ages


The War of the Roses
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.26

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    Albans, dynasty, battlefield, medieval, descendant, discontent, emblem, unopposed, based, corrupt, gangs, opposition, throne, marriage, lasted, reign
     content words:    Middle Ages, King Edward III, Henry VI, Edward III, Hundred Years War, King Henry, When King Henry, Edward IV, Richard III, Henry Tudor


The War of the Roses
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     The Middle Ages is the name given to the time from the 5th to the 15th centuries. During the Middle Ages in England and Wales, two royal families struggled for power.
 
2     Like opposing football teams or rival gangs, the House of Lancaster and the House of York each had its color. The House of Lancaster's color was red, and their emblem was a red rose. The House of York's color was white, and their emblem was a white rose.
 
3     So, when the Houses of Lancaster and York fought for 30 years over who would rule England, it became known as the War of the Roses.
 
4     Both Lancaster and York based their claim to the throne on an ancestor that they had in common, King Edward III. Henry VI, a descendant of Edward III and a member of the House of Lancaster, was king in the 1450s, but he would not reign unopposed.
 
5     Discontent was growing among Henry's subjects. They no longer had much faith in their king after England's losses in the Hundred Years War. Some people also claimed that Henry's government was corrupt.

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