White Rose of York

White rose of York   The white rose was adopted as an emblem by the 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 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). White Rose of York Available: http://www.tudornation.com/white-rose-of-york Last accessed September 23rd, 2018

 

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