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The Impact of the Wars

  • A. J. Pollard
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Abstract

Sir Thomas Smith pictured an England in the later fifteenth century in which the country was running with blood and almost half the population killed. Reaction against such exaggeration has led twentieth-century historians to play down the length of the Wars, the level of involvement even in the highest ranks of society, and the extent of disruption. certainly, there was a tendency for contemporaries and early historians to dramatize the impact of the Wars. But it is possible to go too far in the direction of minimizing the scale. They were not insignificant.

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Fifteenth Century Strong Presumption Southern County Northern County Professional Soldier 
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