18 July 2011

TNA podcast: the Battle of Towton

The following is information about the latest TNA podcast, by Dr. James Ross who is a medieval records specialist at the National Archives, originally given at the end of March 2011.

This talk introduces the biggest battle of the Wars of the Roses, described as 'The largest, longest, bloodiest and most murderous battle ever fought in Britain'. It was the decisive clash in a snowstorm at Towton in Yorkshire on 29 March 1461. A new English dynasty came to the throne with Edward IV's victory, but more Englishmen may have died at Towton than on the first day of the battle of the Somme. The talk outlines the events of that day, looking at some of The National Archives' sources for the battle and examines the participants' motivations.During the talk there is mention of horrendous battle injuries uncovered by an archaeological investigation: http://www.brad.ac.uk/acad/archsci/depart/resgrp/towton/

The talk is at: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/podcasts/battle-towton.htm

Not much or genealogical interest.

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