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The Wars of the Roses
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1057  Thursday, 13 May 2004

From:           John Briggs <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 May 2004 13:54:11 +0100
Subject: 15.1042 The Wars of the Roses
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1042 The Wars of the Roses

Norman Hinton wrote:

 >The OED has quotations identifying the various factors with white or red
 >roses from the 16th and 17th centuries, but it gives no source or
 >quotation for the phrase until Scott. (If there is an earlier source, it
 >won't be the first time the OED has been wrong.

Just to clarify: Sir Walter Scott uses the phrase "the civil wars of the
roses" on the first page of 'Ivanhoe' (1820).  David Hume had used the
phrase "the wars between the two roses" in his 'History of England'.

John Briggs

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