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On This Day… The Battle Of Tewkesbury

Written by: George Chittenden : 08 Sep 2019

It was on this day, 4th May back in 1471 when one of the decisive battles of the Wars of the Roses took place, the Battle of Tewkesbury. The forces loyal to the House of Lancaster outnumbered the 5,000 Yorkists, but it didn’t secure them a victory. The Lancastrians were completely defeated by the House of York under their monarch, King Edward IV. The ground was so broken up by woods, ditches and embankments it made it difficult for King Edward to order an attack, so his army rained arrows and shot at the Lancastrians instead.

The Battle of Tewkesbury

The Battle of Tewkesbury

Many key people were killed in the onslaught including the Lancastrian heir to the throne, Edward, Prince of Wales. After the battle the Lancastrian king, Henry VI, who was a prisoner in the Tower of London, died. Some Lancastrian nobles and knights sought sanctuary in Tewkesbury Abbey, but a few days after the battle they were dragged out and killed, and the abbey was re-consecrated, following the violence done within its precincts. The Battle of Tewkesbury restored political stability to England until the death of Edward IV in 1483.

Map showing forces and positions

Map showing forces and positions

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