White Rose of York


White rose of York  The white rose was adopted as an emblem by Edmund of Langley, son of Edward III who was created the first duke of York in August 1385. It is believed that the rose was chosen as a symbol of the Virgin Mary who was known as the Mystical Rose.

Although the Duke of York was not resident in York, the white rose became synonymous with York.

The white rose of York and the red rose of Lancaster have become symbols of the Wars of the Roses. However, it is unlikely that either side displayed roses during the conflict. It is more likely that the war 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). White Rose of York Available: http://www.tudornation.com/white-rose-of-york Last accessed November 14th, 2018


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