From Knights to Squires; The Gentry & Peerage of Towton Vol. 1


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Darbyshire, Graham A


On that cold and bluster day, 29th March 1461, Palm Sunday, two cold and weary armies faced each other in the rolling countryside not far from Tadcaster, in Yorkshire. Ahead of them was a ten-hour nightmare struggle for possession of those few acres and for many of them that terrible day would be their last, slaughtered as they fled the field. No quarter was the watchword for the victorious army of King Edward, the bitterness of the struggle matched by the butchery of the pursuit. This then the largest battle, and consequently greatest loss of life on English soil.

In this short booklet, using original sources, Graham Darbyshire has traced as many of the named participants as is possible. They come from as far away as Cornwall or Kent, to end up dead in a Yorkshire ditch. Some escaped death on that day to be pursued by label of traitor, occasionally executed, often ruined by fines.

The data Graham Darbyshire presents shows in stark contrast the vast differences between the fate of the losing side and that of the winning side. Indeed contemporary accounts of Yorkist casualties may need to be revisited in the light of this comparison.

This is the first part of a proposed two-volume work and research into this subject is always ongoing.

Further details:

  • Softcover: 56 pages
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: Colour plates, Black & White/Line Illustrations
  • ISBN-13: NA
  • Product Dimensions: 21.0 x 14.5 x 0.5 cm

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