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.