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This review is from: Fatal Colours: Towton, 1461 - England's Most Brutal Battle (Paperback)
The Wars of the Roses is not a period that I'm particularly familiar with. I had vague recollections from school history that it was fought between the Lancastrians and the Yorkists, but that was about all. I bought this book because I thought maybe it was about time I found out.
And I did! The book is not just about the battle of Towton, it is about the political and dynastic events that led up to what is the most bloody battle ever fought on English soil.
Moreover, the book is extremely well written and easy to follow, although you really do need to keep a marker in the genealogical section at the end of the book to help work out what is going on at times, as key figures keep swapping sides. That, though, is to do with the nature of the politics, not Mr Goodwin's explanation!
The book culminates in the battle of Towton, which is well explained not just as the outgrowth of the dynastic politics of preceding period, but also in terms of the battlefield technology of the available to the protagonists. I'm not qualified to pronounce on the disputes among historians that seem to bedevil discussion on this period, but I found George Goodwin's account and analysis clear and believable. Recommended.