“The Battle of Towton 1461” -
New North Yorkshire Book Released Today
A gripping new book about the Battle of Towton, written by historian Leonard James, has been released today by Bretwalda Books as a printed book and ebook.
The Battle of Towton, fought in 1461, was the largest battle ever fought in Britain and a key turning point in the Wars of the Roses.
The murderous Wars of the Roses had already seen dukes, earls, lords and thousands of commoners butchered as two branches of the royal family struggled to gain firm control of the crown. The struggle came to a head at Towton, Yorkshire, where Edward Duke of York with 30,000 men faced Henry Duke of Somerset with 35,000. The battle that followed proved to be especially vicious as scores were settled and blood flowed like rivers. The result determined England’s history for a generation.
This book brings an exciting new look to the Wars of the Roses. The course of the campaign is given, but the emphasis is on the Battle itself and the men who fought there. There are detailed analyses of weapons, tactics and strategies, tactical diagrams explain how the troops formed up and moved, and a study of the commanders. The course of the battle is followed with the aid of maps, relating to the ground today. The aftermath of the battle, its effects and importance to the progress of the war are then described.
Author Leonad James says “I was delighted to write this book as I have long had an interest in the Wars of the Roses, and know Yorkshire well. By walking the battlefield I was able to gain a unique insight into the course of the action, while handling replica weapons and armour has allowed me to gain new respect for the men who fought here in Yorkshire.”
About the Author
Leonard James is an author of military books. He comes from a military family that has fought in every major war since at least the Crimean War, and probably before that. His forebears were mostly cavalrymen, though his father served in the RAF. Leonard has made a particular study of battlefields in Britain, walking over dozens of them to get an eye for ground. He has also handled genuine and replica weapons to better understand the use of pre-modern weapons and the men who wielded them.
Attached photos show:
1) The Book cover
2) A War of the Roses knight
3) A War of the Roses archer
4) The Dacre Cross monument on the battlefield
5) The battle in a Victorian engraving.
Additional photos and artworks available on request.
About the Book
Title: The Battle of Towton 1461
Author Leonard James
ISBN print 978-1-909698-90-1
Publisher Bretwalda Books