Sunday, March 29, 2009


Today is the 548th anniversary of the battle of Towton, fought in a snowstorm near the village of Towton in Yorkshire. The victor was Edward IV, then just short of 19 years old, and having only inherited the claim of his father Richard Duke of York to the throne 3 months earlier. That might be a cause for celebration, except that two Hothams, father and son, lost their lives on the Lancastrian side. It was estimated that 28,000 men died that day, the largest ever loss of life in a battle fought on English soil, see

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