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On 30th December 1460, the veteran warlord Richard of York led his small army to catastrophic defeat at the Battle of Wakefield – and the reason for his suicidal decision has been misunderstood ever since. Traditionally, York is thought to be a poor commander, arrogant and reckless, who is deservedly mocked in nursery rhyme; or an failure who is gallantly attempted to rescue a foraging party, punish enemy perfidy or avenge insults to his honour. But The Battle of Wakefield Revisited explores a more convincing explanation for York’s conduct, using historical and archaeological evidence to dispel these popular misconceptions about the Duke and his ill-fated northern campaign.
‘A new study which eloquently pieces together theory, facts and insights to paint a compelling picture of Richard, Duke of York and his journey to one of the nation’s most pivotal battles – via the most convincing account of the ‘Battle’ of Worksop I have ever read’
Mark Taylor, Chairman of Towton Battlefield Society
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