The Black Arrow
The Black Arrow is a historical novel about the War of the Roses. Robert Louis Stevenson is not too careful with some of the facts in the story, so you should not rely upon this novel to give accurate information about this war in England. However, Stevenson does capture for the most part the tensions, dangers, and tumult of the times. Indeed, tension is maintained with discovering a murderer most foul and with the ever lurking order of the Black Arrow, which marks its victims for death with a black arrow. The tragedy of the War of the Roses is the bloodshed was not in defense of any great principle, but was a gang war between two rival factions. This war only reinforces the fact that all politics is warfare. Some political decisions are made without killing; however, the history of mankind without God reveals a constant struggle between those who seek power for power’s sake, and most political issues are unfortunately settled with bloodshed.