"the scene in Shakespeare which inaugurates the civil war of the white and red roses"


Lancaster Rose
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeLancaster Rose - Credit: Booyabazooka
Yorkshire rose
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeYorkshire rose - Credit: Booyabazooka

   A reference to William Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part I which chronicles the build up to the Wars of the Roses, a series of late 15th century conflicts for the throne of England between the houses of Lancaster and York.  In Act II Scene Four the two opposing leaders, Richard Plantagenet for York and the Duke of Somerset for Lancaster, select white and red roses respectively as symbols of their causes.


Online text of the play at MaximumEdge.com