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The Battle of Bosworth 2016
Review
King Richard iii prepares to charge the enemy lines...

The eagerly awaited Battle of Bosworth anniversary weekend finally arrived....

 

Two days of re-enacting two famous battles from the "War of the Roses" the civil war between the Houses of Lancaster and York that raged across England in the latter half of the 15th century.

The Battle of Tewkesbury where the forces loyal to the House of Lancaster were completely defeated by those of the rival House of York under their monarch, King Edward IV & The Battle of Bosworth Fields which was the last significant battle of the Wars of the Roses, which led to the death of King Richard III and the end of the Plantagenets  and the crowning of Henry Tudor and so beginning  the famous Tudor dynasty ....

The Battle of Tewkesbury

This event is another of the years highlight's for me its great to see so many re-enactors on the battlefield....The whole day is filled with great sights,sounds and smells of medieval life...

 

There are large living history camps adjoining the main arena filled with the various households and companies,The smell of wood fires and food being cooked wafts around the camp as you walk...Look out for the banners flying above the camps these will help you identify them when they all converge on the battlefield...

 

Everyone in the living history will be more than happy to tell of how day to day life was spent back in medieval times...Food & cooking the types of weapons and all aspects of clothes and armour....

For me it is great to see the attention to detail that everyone strives to achieve. It is important to keep these historical events alive and to educate the younger ones of exactly how history as shaped the world and how we all came to be how we are today. "Even more so when it is held on such a famous location such as this".

Destrier Hunting Games & Jousting

Hunting games and mounted skill at arms...The members of Destrier display their amazing  horsemanship while riding at speed they remove tiny rings with a lance from a post...they cut cabbages,and attempt to place a sword in a wild boar..."all sounds easy" ..far from it while on horse back...

Finally they hone there skills at the Quintain ready for the jousting later in the day...

Another reason this is one of my favourite events is Destrier play a major part in the the main battle....It is great to see them in an authentic battlefield location rather than their usual tilt yard scenario ...This year made extra special by the addition of Andy Deane of the Royal Armouries who joined Destrier for the weekend in  jousting,hunting games and the battle reconstruction...

 

They reconstruct the fateful charge made by Richard III on the shield wall during the final part of the main battle....Also other members portray Henry Tudor and his squires both during the battle and in the aftermath and crowning of the new king.....

 

Also not to forget the excellent commentary of the battle from Rupert Hammerton- Fraser who really helps to set the scene.....great show all round.....

The Battle of Bosworth
King Richard iii leads his troops on to the battlefield..
The final chapter for Richard III...
The undignified end for the king...
Henry Tudor...a new king is crowned

The Bosworth Battlefield and Heritage centre is a perfect place to revisit if time doesn't allow on the anniversary weekend...There is a great visitor centre with some fantastic award winning exhibitions. Also there are various educational talks being held throughout the year, plus there is the "Tithe Barn Cafe" for food and beverages to enjoy on your visit...

 

And finally.... please take a moment to remember why we were all at Bosworth..... On 22nd August 1485 thousands of soldiers fought on this very ground and many were killed ... by continuing to re-enact these events it helps keep the memories alive....Andy

For more information on the battlefield and heritage centre please check out their website ......

 

www.bosworthbattlefield.org.uk

"A date for your 2017 diary"

  On the weekend of 19th & 20th August 2017 they will be hosting their annual anniversary event at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park.

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