REVIEW War rages at Warwick Castle

The first Yorkist King of England, Henry IV, goes into battle at Warwick Castle.

THEY always put on a good show at Warwick Castle – and the presence of armed police – our modern day Knights in shining armour – on Saturday simply added to the drama of the first day of the summer season.

It was also the premiere of the Wars of the Roses, this year’s spectacular live show.

In just 30 minutes the story was told of 30 years of war that raged in the 15th century between two sides of the same fractured Royal family – the House of York and the House of Lancaster.

Across England brother fought brother, cousin spayed cousin, as they battled, besieged and betrayed each other, all vying for the English crown.

At the end peace descended once more on this green and pleasant land, when Henry VII, a Lancastrian, married Elizabeth of York, a Yorkist, uniting the two houses.

The House of Tudor, as it was known, ruled the Kingdom of England until 1603, with the death of Elizabeth I, granddaughter of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York.

The message – a profound one at this time – is that war is futile, and that peace and love can conquer all.

The Wars of the Roses show will run twice daily until Sunday, 4th June, and between 22nd July and 3rd September. See

Review by Chris Smith

Leila Hands-Smith was on the side of the Red Roses, the House of Lancaster.