Thursday, 16 June 2016

The Battle of Stoke


16th June 1487

Lying on the banks of the River Trent, these fields, about twenty of them, cover an area that on a summer's morning in 1487 the Battle of Stoke was fought. History books and Shakespeare himself tell us that the Battle of Bosworth was the last battle in the Wars of the Roses, it was not. To be fair, it was the battle that saw the end of the Plantagenet dynasty when Richard III lost his life to a pike man and his crown to a Tudor. 

Two years later, at Stoke Field, Henry VII found himself in same position, defending his crown and facing a rebel army who were intent on placing a Plantagenet on the throne, albeit an impostor. 


You can read more about the last battle of the Wars of the Roses on my website


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