By Desmond Seward
A vintage account of the bloody competition among the dynasties of York and Lancaster for the throne of England.
During the 15th century England was once break up in a bloody clash among the homes of York and Lancaster over who may still declare the crown. The civil wars fed on the complete kingdom in a sequence of battles that at last observed the Tudor dynasty take energy. In A short background of the Wars of the Roses, Desmond Seward tells the tale of this advanced and unsafe interval of historical past throughout the lives of 5 women and men who skilled the clash first hand. In a gripping narrative the private trials of the crucial characters interweave with the key occasions and personalities of 1 of the main major turning issues in British historical past.
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Nippel 1995: 7–9, 40–42, 97, 100–01 on policing emphasizes low level of rationalization. Ando 2000: 117–30 argues that imperial authorities promoted a rational image, as a value-rational or patrimonial promise of order. However, Veyne 1990: 201–61, 293–341, 345–6 (on which M. Roller 2001: 131–2, 174–6) stresses the bureaucratic nature of donativa and congiaria. Finley 1973 emphasizes ancient lack of Weberian formal economic rationality. Weber’s criteria for economic rationality are stringent (Weber 1978: 70–76, 82–4, 98, 107, 162), requiring double-entry accounting, unknown in antiquity.
They are promoted according to these skills or seniority. They regard their office as a career and have no other sources of income. They follow a legal code or handbook. They obey an impersonal authority. 46 In contrast, Roman elite administrators and officers were not dependent on salaries, possessing wealth from landed estates, and were not formally trained or tested. Aristocrats regarded political or military office as honors or privileges of rank, and were promoted by imperial favor. The milites more resembled a rational bureaucracy, with administrative and artisan specialties, receiving stipendia and 42 43 44 45 46 E.
Far from displaying unquestioning deference, soldiers often urged their generals to fight the enemy against the generals’ wishes. Furthermore, no formal handbook or legal code on Roman military discipline is extant. A jurist cited and quoted a work called disciplina Augusti, pertaining to military discipline. 50 Imperial mandata (administrative regulations) and edicts pertained to discipline, but most of these do not survive. 52 However, no comprehensive, official manual of military discipline or law survives.