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The Battle of Towton (1461)

One of the major battles that took place during the Wars of the Roses – the Battle of Towton would take place during a snowstorm on Palm Sunday in the year 1461. In this episode of Bow and Blade, Michael and Kelly look at this conflict between the Houses of York and Lancaster.

See also: Killing Time: Challenging the Common Perceptions of Three Medieval Conflicts—Ferrybridge, Dintingdale and Towton—”The Largest Battle on British Soil”


See also: The Use of Gunpowder Weapons in the Wars of the Roses

See also: Handguns from the Battle of Towton discovered

Bow and Blade is hosted by Kelly DeVries and Michael Livingston.

Kelly DeVries is a Professor at Loyola University in Maryland and Honorary Historical Consultant at the Royal Armouries. You can learn more about Kelly on his university webpage.

Michael Livingston teaches at The Citadel and is the author of numerous books on medieval history as well as fiction novels. You can learn more about Michael on his website, or follow him on Twitter @medievalguy


See also Kelly and Michael’s book: Medieval Warfare: A Reader

Music: “Battle of the Creek” by Alexander Nakarada (
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Top Image: Engraving showing the Battle of Towton, from James William Edmund Doyle, A Chronicle of England: B.C. 55 – A.D. 1485 (London, 1864)