War in the North - The Wars of the Roses in the North-East of England 1461-1464, by Douglas John Sadler
Booklet published by Stuart Press, 48 pages. A5 size booklet (N6631X1)
The Wars of the Roses is a later catch all name given to a series of dynastic conflicts which periodically erupted in England from the middle to the end of the fifteenth century. The wars were by no means continous and the single largest and bloodiest battle was that fought at Towton on' Palmsunday Field' in 1461, a level of carnage that has not been exceeded before or since in any engagement on British soil. From the introduction:
Many people think that this slaughter concluded that phase of the wars but this is not so a series of campaigns were fought in the north-east of England, and particularly in Northumberland, for a further three long and weary years, campaigns which saw a number of major sieges, directed against Lancastrian garrisons immured in the great border fortresses and two set piece battles.
Though the Chronicle sources are tantaIisingly vague about the war in the north we are fortunate in that the sites of both the battles of Hedge ley Moor and Hexham remain largely untouched and, of course, the castles of Alnwick, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Norham, and Prudhoe have all survived. The defeat of the last Lancastrian field army in the north at Hexham and the spate of executions which followed hard upon the rout effectively concluded that phase of the wars. For those who wish to follow in the footsteps of history the landscape of Northumberland offers a unique opportunity to trace the pattern of marches and countermarches, sieges, skirmishes and battles during a period when the destiny of England was focussed on the county and the Anglo Scottish border beyond.
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound.
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