Bosworth 1485: The Battle that Transformed England

Bosworth 1485: The Battle that Transformed England

by Michael Jones

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A lively and authoritative reinterpretation of the Battle of Bosworth Field, where the Wars of the Roses ended and the Tudor dynasty began.

On August 22, 1485, at Bosworth Field, Richard III fell, the Wars of the Roses ended, and the Tudor dynasty began. The clash is so significant because it marks the break between medieval and modern; yet how much do we really know about this historical landmark?

Michael Jones uses archival discoveries to show that Richard III's defeat was by no means inevitable and was achieved only through extraordinary chance. He relocates the battle away from the site recognized for more than 500 years. With startling detail of Henry Tudor's reliance on French mercenaries, plus a new account of the battle itself, the author turns Shakespeare on its head, painting an entirely fresh picture of the dramatic life and death of Richard III, England's most infamous monarch.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605988603
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 09/08/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 557,901
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Michael Jones, author of Bosworth 1485, is a military historian, battlefield tour-guide, and documentary film presenter. He is the co-author of The Women of the Cousins’ War and The King's Grave: The Search for Richard III. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition 1

Preface 7

Foreword Professor A. J. Pollard 9

1 The Nightmare ? Shakespeare's Bosworth 13

2 Martyrdom ? Death of a Father 45

3 The Theatre of Pain 66

4 The Search for Redemption 98

5 The Rivals 132

6 Bosworth Field 156

7 Aftermath ? The Tragedy Shakespeare Might Have Written 200

Appendix 221

Maps 225

Timeline 229

Genealogy 231

Notes 233

List of Illustrations 251

Index 255

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