Dark times

Once you have eliminated all candidates, whoever survive would be king. That is my conclusion from reading a book on the war of the roses. A positive conclusion is how rarely democracy elects incompetent people to be head of states, while the war of the roses was caused to a large extent by having several incompetent kings. Henry VI was an infant when he became a king and was never competent. Other turns to the worst were caused by kings dying in inconvenient times. Which is another important feature of democracy – the ability to withstand a change of head of state without much turbulence

As this long and complicated sequence of battles and intrigues in a civil war unfolded, one can only wonder what the regular people thought – as all of this struggle involved only the ruling class. They lived and died just like their rulers.

The book is “The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors” by Dan Jones. I recommend it if you like reading history books.

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