Book: Fatal Colours – Towton 1461: England’s Most Brutal Battle

Fatal Colours - Towton 1461: England’s Most Brutal BattleFatal Colours: Towton 1461: England’s Most Brutal Battle is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson at £20.00 – in anticipation of the 550th calendar anniversary on 29 March 2011 and the 550th traditional Palm Sunday anniversary on 17 April 2011.

A gripping account of the Wars of the Roses Battle of Towton – arguably the biggest, longest, bloodiest day on English soil – published to mark the 550th Anniversary on 29 March 2011, from local debut author, George Goodwin.

The vast battle at Towton, which settled the first War of the Roses, was arguably England’s biggest and longest. It was certainly the most brutal battle, a civil war between North and South, fought with little chance of escape and none of surrender. It is estimated that 10% of available 16 to 60 year old men were at the battle and nearly 1% of the population died. It was the appalling climax of the disastrous 40-year reign of England’s youngest ever king, Henry VI, which ended in an outcome that would change England, the kingship and kingdom, for ever.

Read the full article at Chiswick

2 Responses to Book: Fatal Colours – Towton 1461: England’s Most Brutal Battle
  1. W U Hstry
    April 1, 2011 | 06:10

    Due to some odd reason, I never found the War of Roses interesting at all. Although I have to say that the book looks quite good, so it might worth to take a look…

    Who knows, it might even change my opinion on the subject!


    W.U Hstry Team

  2. Archivist
    April 4, 2011 | 21:04

    I agree. With all the great wars that raged throughout the Middle Ages I think I paid the least attention to this one. Must have been the name!