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Fatal Colours by George  Goodwin
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Feb 20, 2012

it was amazing
Read from February 20 to 24, 2012

The Battle of Towton was the bloodiest day in English History, 28,000 fatalities on a cold February day in 1461, which even rivals that of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. However, this was on English soil and was Englishmen against Englishmen. But this book isn't just about one battle, it describes the lead-up to the battle and the personalities of those on the opposing sides. Henry VI, Edward Earl of March (soon to be Edward IV), Warwick the Kingmaker. It also gives insight into the nature of Kingship and how it all went wrong under the madness of Henry VI, a tragic figure who was totally incapable of handling the responsibility of government. It was Henry's incapacity which led to the loss of the most of the English land in France and the outbreak of the dynastic wars we know now as the Wars of the Roses. The instability created by firstly a child King and then later on, a schizophrenic King, who couln't rule, and later on, after the death of Edward IV, another child king plus another ursurpation, was arguably one of the reasons why the Tudor dynasty was so obsessed with producing male heirs and in eradicating all other claimants to the throne of England. For those who enjoy reading about Tudor history, this book gives lots of insights and background into why the 16th century turned out the way that it did.

The sheer ferocity of the Battle and the bloodshed that ensued where the fleeing Lancastrian troops were chased down and killed is staggering - there hasn't really been a precedent before in English History for this, nor has it happened since, not even during the Civil War of the 17th century.

George Goodwin has written a really insightful and interesting book.

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