York is white and Lancaster is red.
The Oxford Companion to English Lit has this entry:
The prolonged struggle between the houses of York and Lancaster, whose
badges were respectively a white and a red rose. the wars began in 1455
in Henry VI's reign and ended with the defeat and death of Richard III at
Bosworth in 1485, and the accession of Henry VII who, by marrying
Elizabeth of York, united the two lines.
For what it's worth.
Now I need to study it, though, because the "little white rose" is a symbol
Is there a Medievalist among us?
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Subject: Royal Rose
Could someone please discuss the Royal Rose some more.
I'm familar with the red and white roses of the War of the Roses (but I
constantly forget which was for the House of York and which for the House
of Lancaster). As far as I know though the rose as the symbol of royality
died out with the dynasty. I can't recall seeing the rose used with the
House of Windsor.
Did Eliot only intend to include the ancient royalty?