Towton 1461 : England's Bloodiest Battle, Paperback Book

Towton 1461 : England's Bloodiest Battle Paperback

Illustrated by Graham Turner

Part of the Osprey Campaign S. series

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


The Lancastrian army was conducting a triumphant march on the capital, having defeated Warwick at the Second Battle of St.

Albans, when on 4 March, Edward of York was proclaimed king in London.

The Lancastrians withdrew northwards and Edward followed in pursuit.

The two armies met at the village of Towton on 29 March 1461.

This long and bitter battle began early as the two armies advanced towards each other, raging all day with the Lancastrians seeming to have the better of it, until the Duke of Norfolk arrived with several thousand Yorkist reinforcements., resulting in what is known as 'Bloody Meadow'.

This book reveals how Towton marked the resurgence of the Yorkist cause and established Edward IV as king.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages, 75 b&w and 11 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9781841765136



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Owning numerous Osprey Campaign titles, I found this one to be better than most. Christopher Gravett is one of the best authors in Osprey's stable, and when paired with the excellent artwork of Graham Turner the book is sure to be a homerun. In Osprey tradition, "Towton 1461" is a general account of the battle, dwelling mostly on the opposing forces, leaders, and the battle proper. Along with the very helpful illustrations, the reader can visualize exactly how the opposing formations moved about the battlefield, along with the fairly detailed narrative. After reading this work one has a better idea of what happened on that bloody Palm Sunday in the fields outside of Towton, and its grisly outcome

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