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From Wakefield to Towton (Battleground Britain) [Paperback]

Philip A. Haigh
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1 Aug 2001
The Wars of the Roses was a complicated, bloody affair between the houses of Lancaster and York, and witnessed much changing of sides. That disjointed feuding persisted for a staggering thirty years and was a north versus south affair. However, the period and conflicts covered by this title are refreshingly clear. An intriguing tale of treachery and deceit.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (1 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850528259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850528251
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Haigh is joint-editor of the nationally distributed journal Battlefields and Chairman of the Yorkshire Battlefields Society. He has made a lifelong study of the military aspects of the Wars of the Roses and his first book on the subject. His Military Campaigns of the War of the Roses was published in 1995. He is married with two children and works in West Yorkshire.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bloodiest Battle on English Soil 20 May 2008
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I live not much more than a stone throw away from the battlefield of Towton and I don't know whether it is this fact or something else that has always drawn me to this particular battle above all others in the campaign called the War of the Roses. The area of the battlefield is relatively large and today there is a cross set as a memorial to the battle and those who died in it at the side of the road that runs across the battlefield.

The Battle of Towton has been given the title of the Bloodiest Battle ever fought on English soil and there is no reason to doubt this. It was fought in atrocious conditions, in fact in the middle of a snow storm on Palm Sunday. When the Yorkists finally routed the Ancestries a wave of slaughter spread over many miles. The beaten Lancastrians were followed back towards Tadcaster and York and many of them died in the `Cock beck' that bordered the battlefield.

The book has plenty of photographs and diagrams to show how the opposing armies lined up their troops and it gives a detailed account of the battle and the following route as the Lancastrians were chased from the field. The fighting was brutal and after the archers had done their bit, mainly hand to hand. There have been many skeletons unearthed from the many mass graves that littered the battlefield and some of the skulls have a square hole in them, a shape that suggests they had been pole axed. For anyone interested in battles in general and the battle of Towton in particular, it is a must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good, clear guide for the non expert 7 Feb 2005
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If you are looking for a good, concise guise to conflicts that are notoriously tricky, then loook no further. There are a lot of photos of the modern battles sites and drawings as to how they have looked at the time. The subject no longer seems so dry and has rlevance to today. Heartily recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 29 Dec 2013
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Been wanting to read of the battle of Wakefield and Towton for some time. This book is excellent. Godd value and quick delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Wakefield to Towton (Battleground Britain) 24 April 2011
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If you are reading up on this part of english history then I would recommend you read this edition.Full of facts background knowledge.
Dose not get bogged down with the "academic"heavy side some books go into.......
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book review 8 Jan 2010
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Purchased for a present so I did not read the book, had a quick look through and it looked very interesting, the person I bought this for lives and knows the area well, so it would be interesting for him.
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