Red Rose of Lancaster

Red rose of Lancaster   The red rose was adopted as an emblem by the first earl of Lancaster, Edmund, son of Henry III in August 1265. It is believed that the species he chose was Rosa Gallica, a cultivated rose. Although subsequent earls of Lancaster kept the emblem it did not form any part of their livery or flag. When Henry VI became King he designated the rose as the national flower of England, a custom which exists to this day. The red rose of Lancaster and the white rose of York have become symbols of the Wars of the Roses but it is unlikely that either side displayed roses during the conflict. It is more likely that the conflict gained its name due to the scene in Shakespeare’s play Henry VI where he had members of both houses choosing roses in a garden.

 

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2017). Red Rose of Lancaster Available: http://www.tudornation.com/red-rose-of-lancaster Last accessed July 23rd, 2018

 

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