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Fatal Colours: Towton 1461 - England's Most Brutal Battle Hardcover – 29 Mar 2012
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About the Author
George Goodwin is a history graduate of Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a Foundation Exhibition. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Royal Society of Arts and is a member of the Battlefields Trust. He lives near Kew Gardens.
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puts the political and dynastic struggles of the two opposing parties into context. The Battle of Towton was not just
the first battle in the bloody war that saw Edward IV take the crown from Henry VI but the most bloody, brutal and
longest battle which pitted Englishman against Englishman with massive losses during a snow storm on 29 March,
Palm Sunday 1461.
"Up to 75,000 fought and as many as 28,000 died in the battle itself, and in the rout and massacres that followed",
are the figures given by the author, and even that could be an underestimation, if any managed to get away and died
from their wounds later.
Poor decision and indecision were the order of the day in the court of Henry VI, the pious and imbecilic king whose
regular bouts of insanity were leading the country into ruin. Had he been a stronger man and less prone to periods of
catatonic stupor then perhaps the Wars of the Roses could have been avoided. The author presents his case well
and reveals the most likely explanation of how the battle played out, with no quarter given, making this the most
bloody butchery ever to have taken place on English soil. Recent Osteological studies show that some bodies were
even mutilated after death such was the madness of the battlefield.
Using primary sources and genealogical tables for the various families and factions involved, Mr Goodwin has written
an exceptional book. Well worth the money.
258 pages, with full colour photographs and black and white maps, illustrations.
Good bibliography and Index.
With an Introduction by Dr David Starkey.
Published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson
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