ILKLEY & DISTRICT u3a
Talks are presently held via easy to use Zoom video link
We are pleased to say historians Andrew and Susan Green from Barnsley u3a are returning to give us another presentation. This time they will explain the many facets of what has been described as probably the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil.
The battle of Towton was fought on 29th March 1461 and brought about a change of monarchs in England, with Edward IV displacing Henry VI, establishing the House of York on the English throne and driving the incumbent House of Lancaster and its key supporters out of the country.
Susan will spend the first part of the talk explaining about the men who fought, how they were equipped, the main protagonists, the political system at the time and why did it take place.
For the second part, Andrew will talk about the actual battle itself. Who was taking part and who was victorious and why. And where it took place. (A clue, it’s not far from here!)
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