On a bitterly cold Palm Sunday, 29 March 1461, the army of King Edward IV met that of his Lancastrian enemies on a snow-covered battlefield south of the village of Towton in Yorkshire. The struggle lasted all day in the longest and bloodiest battle of the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485). With the arrival of Yorkist reinforcements under the Duke of Norfolk, the Lancastrian line eventually broke and their troops fled, many being caught and slaughtered in the death trap known as 'Bloody Meadow'. Christopher Gravett examines the campaign that marked the resurgence of the Yorkist cause and established Edward IV as king
About the Author
CHRISTOPHER GRAVETT is Senior Curator at the Royal Armouries and a recognised authority on the arms, armour and warfare of the medieval world. He has worked as an advisor for numerous television and film productions. His other Osprey titles include the three-volume analysis of the development of the English Medieval Knight, Warrior 35, 48 and 58, and Campaign 66 Bosworth 1485.
Table of Contents
Introduction/Chronology/Origins of the Campaign/The Commanders/Opposing Forces/The March to Towton/The Battle/Aftermath/The Grave Pits/The Battlefield today/Further Reading/Index
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Owning numerous Osprey Campaign titles, I found this one to be better than most. Christopher Gravett is one of the best authors in Osprey's stable, and when paired with the excellent artwork of Graham Turner the book is sure to be a homerun. In Osprey tradition, "Towton 1461" is a general account of the battle, dwelling mostly on the opposing forces, leaders, and the battle proper. Along with the very helpful illustrations, the reader can visualize exactly how the opposing formations moved about the battlefield, along with the fairly detailed narrative. After reading this work one has a better idea of what happened on that bloody Palm Sunday in the fields outside of Towton, and its grisly outcome