Monday, 13 May 2013

Warwick the Kingmaker

Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, as shown in the Rous Roll. This document was drawn up by John Rous in about 1483 and is a major source for history of the period of the Wars of the Roses. Rous presents a highly biased pro-Yorkist view of the wars. In 1460 Warwick was one of the richest and most influential noblemen in England, though many older noblemen regarded him as something of an upstart.

from The Battle of Northampton by Rupert Matthews

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Book Description

9 May 2013 Bretwalda Battles
A book dedicated to the Battle of Northampton, fought as part of the Wars of the Roses in 1460. In 1460 the Yorkist faction in the Wars of the Roses seemed doomed. The Duke of York was dead, his sons in exile, his friends in hiding and his army scattered. Then Edward, the dashing new Duke of York, returned to England from Ireland and summoned his supporters to join him. Among those heading to support Edward was the Earl of Warwick, but at Northampton Warwick encountered a powerful Lancastrian army under the Duke of Buckingham. The four hours of savage fighting that followed changed the situation entirely and gave the Yorkists the upper hand. This book follows the standard pattern set by others in the Bretwalda Battles series. The reasons for and course of the war in question are outlined, then detailed analyses of weapons, tactics and strategies are given with particular reference to this battle. The course of the battleis then followed, with comment on what there is to see at the site today. Short biographies of the commanders are also given. The aftermath of the battle, its effects and importance to the progress of the war are then described. The "Bretwalda Battles" series has been running with increasing success as ebooks for some time. Now the first books in the series are being published in print format.

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