Bosworth, 1485

Bosworth, 1485

The Battle That Transformed England

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WW Norton
On August 22, 1485, at Bosworth Field, Richard III fell, the Wars of the Roses ended, and the Tudor dynasty began. The clash is so significant because it marks the break between medieval and modern; yet how much do we really know about this historical landmark?Michael Jones uses archival discoveries to show that Richard III's defeat was by no means inevitable and was achieved only through extraordinary chance. He relocates the battle away from the site recognized for more than 500 years. With startling detail of Henry Tudor's reliance on French mercenaries, plus a new account of the battle itself, the author turns Shakespeare on its head, painting an entirely fresh picture of the dramatic life and death of Richard III, England's most infamous monarch.
A lively and authoritative reinterpretation of the Battle of Bosworth Field, where the Wars of the Roses ended and the Tudor dynasty began.

Baker & Taylor
Argues that Richard III's defeat at Bosworth Field was not inevitable using new archival discoveries to reveal new details about the battle and Henry Tudor's reliance on French mercenaries.

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Jones, a noted historical scholar, provides a close and fascinating study of the Battle of Bosworth Field, the battle that signaled the end of the War of the Roses and the beginning of the Tudor dynasty. He fleshes out Richard III, presenting him as a complicated and multifaceted man, as opposed to the delightfully pure villain of Shakespeare's play. Henry Tudor is not ignored, as the reader learns all about the complicated planning and negotiations he undertook to even get to the battlefield. The world of the medieval warrior, nobleman, and commoner is also elucidated. Jones takes the reader through the battle strategically as well, noting the movements and motivations of key players. The book includes a number of illustrations as well as maps and a genealogy. Of note is Jones' contention that the Battle of Bosworth Field could have easily gone to Richard, changing history forever. Distributed by W.W. Norton. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Describes in detail the battle that ended the Wars of the Roses, on August 22, 1485, which saw the defeat of Richard III and marked the start of the Tudor dynasty.

Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, c2015
ISBN: 9781605988597
Branch Call Number: 942.046 JON
Characteristics: 259 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps, geneal. table ;,24 cm.


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