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on 30 January 2012
Even if you saw the original TV programme, this is still worth watching for the extras alone. This battle has been erased from the nation's psyche but Roger Keech puts paid to that as soon as you put the DVD in the player and click the OK button. Towton, in Yorkshire, is the site of this nation's bloodiest battlefield - more men were killed in hand to hand fighting on Palm Sunday in 1461, than were killed in the first day of battle on the Somme, with all of its mechanised warfare. Gruesome does not come into it but this DVD is put together with sympathy, understanding and tact. Check out the war hammer scenes at the Royal Armouries and White Rose Armourers and I'll defy you not to wince. Shot with great sweeping views of the terrain, characteristic of a David Lean film, you will watch this DVD again and again.
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on 3 November 2012
Greatly disappointed in this dvd.Contains practically nothing about the actual battle iself (deployments and troop movements and characters involved) and a great deal about the landscape of the actual battlefield. Bought this dvd to learn more about the bloodiest battle on Brittish soil but didn't learn much at all.
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on 15 September 2012
The Battle of Towton was a pivotal battle in the Wars of the Roses and the bloodiest battle fought on English soil. The Yorkists were helped by a snowstorm blowing into the faces of their opponents, and the slaughter of the defeated Lancastrians as they retreated was truly horrible. There has even been evidence unearthed of executions. The DVD is well put together and very informative. It covers most aspects from the battle itself to weapons and fighting tactics, as well as the battle field today. It is an interesting film whether you know little of the Wars of the Roses or are an expert. To be recommened.
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on 16 January 2014
If you have the slightest interest in The Battle Of Towton then I would recommend this DVD, It's informative and entertaining, it gives a good insight into the battle and the suffering of the combatants, the extra's on the DVD are brilliant!
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on 12 March 2014
Terry Deary presents a simply-put, and very thought-prevoking talk on a precious tale of important regional history. Anyone with a knowledge of the battlefield will notice the lack of birdsong on that sight of futile tragedy, even today.
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on 19 January 2015
Being a history fanatic, I was disappointed on viewing this DVD. Whilst Terry Deary is an engaging personality, the content leaves a lot to be desired. There is a little about the background to the battle, and virtually nothing about the dispotion of both armies before or during the fighting. I would have at least expected some graphics or Deary literally pointing out what was happening at any given moment. The sections on skeletal analysis and weaponry were interesting but again, too short.
At £12.70 for basically a half hour documentary of average content does not represent anything like good value.
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on 21 February 2015
Perhaps this DVD would be better entitled "The significance of the Battle of Towton" rather than "The Battle of Towton", as those expecting good scenes of the battle being re-enacted, tactics etc., will be a bit disappointed.

I bought it expecting to find a) the history and events in the run up to Towton that led to the battle. There was some of that. b) good coverage of the battle itself, with scenes being re-enacted, tactics shown, the events of the day itself detailed and followed - there wasn't much of that, despite the title.

What you get instead is lots of stuff about how it was one of the most significant battles in English history (both for the scale of losses and the fact that excavation of graves from the battle has told us lots about the kinds of injuries inflicted during these battle). Don't get me wrong, I'm interested in all these forensic details as well, but I had hoped to at least also see a chronology of the days' fighting, perhaps with maps and re-enactors, and there wasn't much of that. There were some shots of the battlefield as it is today, which would be of interest to anyone planning to visit the scene.

At 29 minutes it's a bit short. Though the extras are interesting, many of them could sit as well in any DVD of medieval warfare, and need not necessarily be connected to Towton.
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on 30 June 2013
Was exactly what I needed to compliment my presentation. Although the presenter (terry Deary) had a very soft voice which necessitated altering the volume frequently.
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on 26 November 2014
a most imformative dvd of one of the biggest battles which took place in GB in days gone by.
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on 13 August 2014
Little bit short
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