Andrew Boardman supplies a detailed, well argued and ocassionally stirring story of a specific episode in the Wars of the Roses. Those new to this bloody episode in England's history would be wise to read a more general accounts of the wars (such as the excellent books by Desmond Seward and Alison Weir) before attempting this work, although Boardman does attempt to fill in some of the background before getting to the battle itself. His style is solid, though his choice of words is sometimes rather odd. For instance he uses the word 'elitist' to describe the Stanleys' notorious reputation for sitting on the fence and then joining the side that was winning. The book's biggest flaw is rather more simple. There are no maps. It seems astonishing that a book that describes in detail the terrain of a battlefield, the movement of troops and the position of various memorials and grave sites does not include any plans or maps at all. It is a major irritation, now matter how good Mr Boardman's descriptive skills.