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March 2014 Meeting Report

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A talk by David Skillen about the battle of Towton

Towton, near Tadcaster, was the scene of an extremely bloody Battle of the Roses; this was fought on Sunday 29th March 1461 and it was "probably the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil" According to chroniclers, more than 50,000 soldiers from the Houses of York and Lancaster fought for hours amidst a snowstorm on that day, which was Palm Sunday. Information from letters circulated at the time reported that tens of thousands died on the battlefield. It brought about a change of monarchs in England, with the victor, the Yorkist Edward, 4th Duke of York having displaced the Lancastrian King Henry VI as king. David showed us pictures of the weapons used, enormously powerful long bows and poleaxes that could penetrate a suit of armour. David was passionate about his subject and told us of the re-enactment that takes place at Towton every year, organised by the Towton Battlefield society that he is involved with. It was a very interesting and informative evening.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 13:31  
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