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Stoke Field (Paperback)

The Last Battle of the Wars of the Roses

British History Medieval History Tudors & Stuarts Military

By David Baldwin
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 182
Illustrations: 30 b/w
ISBN: 9781526739711
Published: 2nd May 2018
Last Released: 13th August 2020


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The Battle of Stoke, the last and most neglected armed clash of the Wars of the Roses, is one of history's great might-have-beens. The engagement was fought on Saturday 16 June 1487 in fields just south of Newark in Nottinghamshire when the forces of the first Tudor king Henry VII confronted the Yorkist army of the pretender Lambert Simnel and his commander the Earl of Lincoln. Less than two years after Richard III's defeat at Bosworth, the fate of England again hung in the balance. But Henry's victory over the rebels was decisive – it confirmed the crown to the House of Tudor for more than a century. David Baldwin's fascinating and meticulously researched study of the battle, and the deep-seated conflicts of interest that led to it, gives a keen insight into the opposing armies, their commanders, and the bloody dynastic politics of the period.

The author draws extensively on the work of Polydore Vergil, Henry VII's court historian, but also considers other contemporary accounts and subsequent histories.
A well balanced assessment of a battle which merits more attention in comparison with other Wars of the Roses engagements.

Battlefields Trust

About David Baldwin

The late David Baldwin was a university lecturer and a leading authority on late medieval England. He made a particular study of the reign of Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses. His many books include The Lost Prince: The Survival of Richard of York, Robin Hood: The English Outlaw Unmasked, Richard III, The Women of the Cousins' War: The Duchess, the Queen and the King's Mother and Henry VIII's Last Love: The Extraordinary Life of Katherine Willoughby.

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