This topic is an activity guide of AQA History Unit 2B The Wars of the Roses and part of the Women of the Wars tasks usually set in class and for homework. However, it can be used for any exam board running the Wars of the Roses module.It is usually set as a task whilst studying 'The Triumph of the Yorkists 1461-71' module.It is an A* grade response to the task set in schools to research the women of the wars, in this case Elizabeth Talbot, Duchess of Norfolk.This topic is a classic case study of politics, motivations and consequences during the Wars of the Roses, which is why it is usually set as a homework task.The context to take into account here is:1. From where do the sources of power come within a state? (economic, social and political). How/ was this different for women?2. How do those who support kings fare when the regime changes? The Mowbrays and the Howards (the next Dukes of Norfolk) fared well under both York and Lancaster though John the 3rd Duke changed sides so much that he was rarely expected to even appear on the battlefield let alone send forces to arrive in time (see their guide) Elizabeth’s husband the 4th Duke was Yorkist through and through. Elizabeth served both York and Tudor, escaping the destitution and marriage ‘sales’ that often faced her fellow noblewomen. Even late on in her life while in ‘retirement’ at the Minorities, she had the funds to buy the wardship of Gilbert, heir of Thomas Pynchbeke, from the Earl of Oxford.3. What was the impact of the dynastic/monarchic instability on the general populus of all class levels? 4. What caused the political breakdowns that led to the Wars of the Roses? (political primarily) And in depth: Here we will look at another ‘woman of the wars’- Elizabeth Talbot, Duchess of Norfolk. It would be useful for you also to read the House of Howard, de la Pole and Talbot genealogy guides and the Women of the Wars 1 and 2: Alice Chaucer Duchess of Suffolk and Margaret Paston activity guides for this Unit. These are/ will be all available in the shop.This guide is SIXTEEN pages long and fully annotated/referenced, with further reading options and 'check yourself' questions at the end to aid understanding.