Fatal Colours

Towton, 1461 - England's Most Brutal Battle

Author: George Goodwin

Publisher: Hachette UK

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Category: History

Page: 256

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A gripping account of the Wars of the Roses battle of Towton - the most brutal day in English history. 'Vivid, humane and superbly researched' David Starkey 'The story has never been told so well or so excitingly' Desmond Seward The Battle of Towton in 1461 was unique in its ferocity and brutality, as the armies of two kings of England engaged with murderous weaponry and in appalling conditions to conclude the first War of the Roses. Variously described as the largest, longest and bloodiest battle on English soil, Towton was fought with little chance of escape and none of surrender. Fatal Colours includes a cast of strong and compelling characters: a warrior queen, a ruthless king-making earl, even a papal legate who excommunicates an entire army. Combining medieval sources and modern scholarship, George Goodwin colourfully recreates the atmosphere of 15th century England and chronicles the vicious in-fighting as the increasingly embittered royal factions struggle for supremacy.

Fatal Colours: Towton 1461-England's Most Brutal Battle

Towton 1461—England's Most Brutal Battle

Author: George Goodwin

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

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Category: History

Page: 288

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The tumultuous reign of Henry VI and its climax in the carnage of Towton—the bloodiest battle fought on English soil. The battle of Towton in 1461 was unique in its ferocity and brutality, as the armies of two kings of England engaged with murderous weaponry and in appalling conditions to conclude the first War of the Roses. Variously described as the largest, longest, and bloodiest battle on English soil, Towton was fought with little chance of escape and none of surrender. Yet, as if too ghastly to contemplate, the battle itself and the turbulent reign of Henry VI were neglected for centuries. Combining medieval sources and modern scholarship, George Goodwin colorfully re-creates the atmosphere of fifteenth-century England. From the death of the great Henry V and his baby son’s inheritance first of England and then of France, Goodwin chronicles the vicious infighting at home in response to the vicissitudes of the Hundred Years War abroad. He vividly describes the pivotal year of 1450 and a decade of breakdown for both king and kingdom, as increasingly embittered factions struggle for a supremacy that could be secured only after the carnage of Towton. Fatal Colours includes a cast of strong and compelling characters: a warrior queen, a ruthless king-making earl, even a papal legate who excommunicates an entire army. And at its center is the first full explanation for the crippling incapacity of the enduringly childlike Henry VI—founder of Eton and King’s College, Cambridge. With a substantive and sparkling introduction by David Starkey, Fatal Colours brings to life a vibrant and violent age.

The Complete Concordance to Shakespeare

Being a Verbal Index to All the Passages in the Dramatic Works of the Poet

Author: Mary Cowden Clarke

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: English language

Page: 860

View: 582

Crowns & Coronations

A History of Regalia

Author: William Jones (F.S.A.)

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Coronations

Page: 551

View: 788

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

The Text Regulated by the Old Copies and by the Recently Discovered Folio of 1632, Containing Manuscript Emendations. With Notes, Selected and Original, a ... Glossary, the Poet's Life (by C. Symmons) and Portrait. [Edited by Dr. D., I.e. Nicolaus Delius.]

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 1060

View: 258

Bell's Reader's Shakespeare ...

Condensed, Connected, and Emphasized for School, College, Parlour, and Platform

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 1488

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