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Towton (ePub)

The Battle of Palm Sunday Field 1461

Military > Pre-WWI > Wars of the Roses P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval History World History

By John Sadler
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 3.2 MB (.epub)
Pages: 186
Illustrations: 20
ISBN: 9781844682683
Published: 10th February 2014


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The battle at Towton in Yorkshire on 29 March 1461 was the largest, longest fought and bloodiest day in English medieval history. In terms of the number of troops involved, the ruthlessness of the fighting, the quantity of casualties and the decisive nature of its outcome, Towton stands out from the long sequence of battles fought for control of England in the fifteenth century. This bitter contest of arms was a turning point in the Wars of the Roses and – as a result of the discoveries of modern archaeological research – it is one of the best known. John Sadler, in this vivid reconstruction of the battle, offers a fresh view of a pivotal episode in English history and an unflinching insight into the cruelties of medieval warfare.

Well written and with a wealth of information, I would strongly recommend John Sadler’s book on the bloodiest battle to take place on English soil.

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Sarah Bryson, Author

This new book provides a vivid reconstruction of a bloody fight of attrition. The main body of the text and the photo plate section provide an engaging narrative, supported by timeline tables, maps, notes and a preface. As an account of this immensely important English battle, the book will be very difficult to better and makes many earlier accounts dated and no longer applicable.


Mr. Sadler has achieved what he set out to do and has produced a readable and understandable account of the battle of Towton and the events leading up to it, especially for those less damiliar with the subject. However, the more knowlegable can find plenty of positive new aspects as well, in particular the chapters covering the period 1400-1460 and the subsequent war in the North between 1461 to 1464. This is covered as an appendices and no doubt draws from Mr. Sadler's earlier book on the subject. But that, as they say, is another review.

Ian Brandt - Medieval Warfare

Towton is a masterful account of a subject which had been much written about over the years. Author John Sadler sets his book apart from the rest by bringing his own background research and imagination into play, bringing a battle which took place over 500 years ago vividly back to life. The index is detailed, there is an extensive bibliography as well as a glossary and appendices.


An astonishingly complete acocunt of this most significant battle in the Wars of the Roses. Impeccable research, clear, concise and fascinating maps, and a narrative that persuades you you're an onlooker at the very time these astounding events took ;place, this is as complete a history of an English medieval battle as I have ever read. Staggering.

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About John Sadler

John Sadler was born and bred in Northumberland and he has worked for most of his career in the law. He is an expert on the history of warfare and a prolific writer on the subject. His many books include Battle for Northumbria, Scottish Battles, War in the North 1461-1464, Border Fury: The Three Hundred Years War, Culloden 1746, Bannockburn: Battle for Liberty and The Second Barons' War: Simon de Montfort and the Battles of Lewes and Evesham.

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