Tuesday, 2 February 2016
The Battle of Mortimer's Cross
2nd February 1461
Two armies met not too far from Wigmore at Mortimers Cross, in Herefordshire, and it was in this battle that the future king would give those around him a glimpse of man he was set to be. The appearance in the sky the night before the battle of a Parhelion was, to Edward, a visual representation of the Holy Trinity and that God was on his side.
It has been said of Edward that he was not particularly superstitious, but his men were and Edward possessed the presence of mind to use the three bright suns to his advantage. Edward would show he possessed courage and the military skill as well as intelligence.
The battle itself lasted into the afternoon, eventually the Lancastrian troops were pushed back and retreated southwards, many of their men lost their lives drowning in the freezing water as they crossed of the River Lugg, Jasper Tudor realised his cause was lost and fled back to Wales.
Shortly after the battle Edward heard of the capture of Owen Tudor, he called on his Welsh ally Roger Vaughan and ordered him to Usk Castle, where it is said Tudor was held captive. Owen Tudor was summarily executed, beheaded in Hereford market square, it was Roger Vaughan who swung the axe. Edward was a king in the making, for now, there would be those whose indiscretions he could tolerate but not when it came to avenging the deaths of those he held dear, and Edward struck, just like John Clifford had at Wakefield.
Extract from my blog on Sir Thomas Vaughan. You can read this blog on my website at
Photograph by Erik Axdahl