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The Battle of Bosworth - 22 August 1485

The Battle of Bosworth was a defining moment in English history, as the Houses of Lancaster and York clashed in the penultimate battle of the Wars of the Roses. The death of King Richard III and the crowning of Henry Tudor as King of England marked the end of the Plantagenet dynasty and the beginning of the Tudor reign.

Considering its importance, very little was written about the battle either at the time or during Henry’s reign. Although the site of the famous battle is now known, there are still many more unanswered questions: the dispositions of the three armies; their locations before and during the battle; the location of the artillery; and how events unfolded that day. All of these questions are open to a number of interpretations due to the scarcity and ambiguities of the sources...

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Quote of the week

“...darkness came ...like the black of closed and unlighted rooms. You could hear women lamenting, children crying, men shouting...”

Pliny the Younger, eyewitness to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius

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