On 22 August 1485 the forces of the Yorkist king Richard III and his Lancastrian opponent Henry Tudor clashed at Bosworth Field in Leicestershire in one of the decisive battles of English history. Richard was defeated and killed. Henry took the crown as Henry VII, established the Tudor dynasty and set English history on a new course. For the last 500 years this, the most famous battle of the Wars of the Roses, has excited passionate interest and continuing controversy.
Peter Hammond, in a vivid and perceptive account of the battle, retells the story of the tangled dynastic and personal rivalries that provoked the conflict, describes the preparations of the two converging armies and offers a gripping analysis of the contest itself. The latest historical evidence is assessed, including the recent discovery of Richard III’s body in Leicester and the fascinating archaeological work that has been carried out on the battlefield.
This lucid, authoritative and readable new history will be essential reading for anyone who is intrigued by the short, unhappy reign of Richard III and the trial of strength that destroyed him.
|Publisher:||Pen and Sword|
|Edition description:||Revised Edition|
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About the Author
Peter Hammond is a medieval historian and a leading authority on the reign of Richard III. For thirty years he was research officer of the Richard III Society and he is currently President of the society. He is probably best-known for his books The Battles of Barnet and Tewkesbury and Food and Feast in Medieval England. This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
The Houses of York and Lancaster xi
1 The New King 15
2 Preparing for Invasion 29
3 The Invasion 55
4 Preparing to Receive the Invader 67
5 Military Matters 75
6 The Battle 89
7 After the Battle 107
1 The Sources for the Battle 117
2 Commissions of Array 123
3 The Act of Attainder against Richard and his Supporters 127
4 Legends 131
5 A Yorkist Soldier at Bosworth 139
6 Epilogue 141
Notes and References 145