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  • Expert answer – How were battlefields cleared?

    “I have a fascination to learn by whom, how and to what extent the battlefields of Bosworth, Flodden, Stoke Field and others were cleared in the aftermath. What happened to what was left – carnage, the armour, horses, weapons, personal effects and of course the bodies?”

    Our military historian Julian Humphrys of the Battlefields Trust has answered the question. A big thank you to him!

    In general terms it was very much a case of ‘to the victor, the spoils’ with the army left in possession of the field at the end of a battle having the pick of whatever remained there. Indeed, battles of the Medieval and Tudor periods were frequently followed by an intense period of clearing up with everything of potential value being taken by the winners. There was nothing particularly new in this – the lower section of the Bayeux Tapestry shows little men gathering up swords and stripping the dead of armour while the fighting rages above them.

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  • Wars of the Roses and Tudor Battles Puzzle

    The 15th and 16th centuries were bloody times and there were a lot of battles. But how much do you know about the battles of the Wars of the Roses and the Tudor period? Find out by downloading, printing and completing this fun crossword puzzle. Good luck!

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  • Transcript of live chat with Julian Humphrys – Flodden

    Thanks to all who came to last night’s live chat with Julian Humphrys from the Battlefields Trust. We had a great time and learned a lot of things about Flodden and other battles.

    For those who didn’t manage to make it into the chatroom, here is a transcript of our discussion.

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  • November live chats – 17th and 30th

    Just to let you know that this month’s live chats will be taking place on Friday 17th November and Thursday 30th November.

    Here are all the details…

    17 November: Informal live chat – Ladies-in-waiting
    This month’s live chat is on Friday 17th November and the topic is ladies-in-waiting. With our informal chats, we don’t have an expert to ‘grill’, we just all bundle into the chatroom and have fun debating the topic for an hour. The moderator is just there to check that it runs smoothly, and to join the debate too. Feel free to share book recommendations on ladies-in-waiting in general, or particular ladies, to pose questions, to share your views on the role or on particular ladies, anything to do with ladies-in-waiting!

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  • 1460 Northampton Battlefield under threat – You can help!

    Historian Mike Ingram has contacted me to spread the word about a threat to the location of the 1460 Battle of Northampton, a battle which is seen as “the first major engagement” of the Wars of the Roses. The site is a registered battlefield but there are plans to build a car park on it.

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  • Battle of Cornwall – 2 August 1595

    On 2nd August 1595, as part of the Anglo-Spanish War of 1585-1604, four galleys containing somewhere between 200 and 400 Spanish soldiers landed at Mount’s Bay on the coast of western Cornwall. The fleet was commanded by Captain Carlos de Amésquita and it had left Port Louis, Brittany, France, on 26th July to raid the south-west of England.

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  • 17 June 1497 – Battle of Blackheath

    The Battle of Blackheath, also known as the Battle of Deptford Bridge, was the battle which brought the Cornish Rebellion to an end. It was fought on 17th June 1497 and Henry VII’s forces were triumphant against the rebels.

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  • Tudor Battles and Rebellions Quiz

    Test your knowledge on battles and rebellions.

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