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Charles Derek Ross (1924 – 1986) was an English historian of the Late Middle Ages, specialising on the Wars of the Roses. He was Professor of Medieval History at the University of Bristol until his death in 1986, when he was killed by an intruder in his own home.

His best known work is his biographies of Edward IV and Richard III in the Yale English Monarchs series. In these – still influential – works, Ross made the first modern, comprehensive study of the Yorkist kings' politics, retinues and landownership. His refusal to exonerate Richard III of the murder of the Princes in the Tower, though thoroughly argued, earned him the disregard of many Ricardians.

Main works

  • The Estates and Finances of Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick (1956)
  • Edward IV (1974) ISBN 0413286800
  • The Wars of the Roses: a Concise History (1976) ISBN 0500250499
  • Richard III (1981) ISBN 0413295303


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