Category: Wars of the Roses

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The Battle of Wakefield: 1460

It was the culmination of ten years of increasingly violent unrest between supporters of King Henry VI and his cousin Richard, Duke of York. Helen Cox takes us on a battlefield tour of Wakefield.

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King Henry IV: Rebel Leader

The Lancastrians were a usurper dynasty. Their contested authority culminated in the Wars of the Roses, and later inspired Shakespeare’s history plays. In 1399, Henry Bolingbroke shattered the regal order of Medieval England by deposing an anointed king and installing himself as successor. Below is the timeline of events in his life and reign, taken […]

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OPINION – FROM DARKNESS INTO LIGHT

Dr Phil Stone outlines the Richard III Society’s views regarding the king’s burial.   When the ‘Looking for Richard Project’ was devised by Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society, her main purpose was not only to find the remains of Richard III but, if he could be found, to ensure that he was then […]

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RICHARD III AT BOSWORTH

Following the discovery of remains believed to be those of Richard III, take a look at what really happened at Bosworth

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15th-Century Armour

By the late 15th century, armour weighed 60lbs or more, leaving men breathless, sluggish, and subject to rapid fatigue. It also dulled the senses. Worst of all, when things went wrong, it made it exceptionally hard for wearers to escape enemy pursuit, adding to the holocaust of the English nobility that was such a feature of the Wars of the Roses.

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Map of the Battle Of Wakefield, 30th December 1460 – War of the Roses

The Battle of Wakefield was a maor battle in the War of the Roses. It took place at Sandal Magna near Wakefield, in West Yorkshire on 30th December 1460 The opposing forces were a Lancastrian army, loyal to the captive King Henry VI on one side, and the army of Richard, Duke of York, the […]