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Featured battle : Towton

Part of War of the Roses

Date : 29 March 1461

Thought to be the bloodiest battle fought on British soil, Edward IV of York fought and defeated the Lancastrians under the Duke of Somerset. A particular emnity, and a 'no quarter' order given prior to the battle ensured massive casualties on both sides, thought to total 20,000 combatants, out of around 40,000.

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Marston Moor - Cromwell's Plump

Marston Moor - Cromwell's Plump

The small clump of trees at the highest point of the ridge where the Parliamentarian forces lined up before the Battle of Marston Moor. It is thought to be where the Commanders surveyed the Royalist forces to decide their battle plan. Even though Lord Fairfax was the Commander in Chief, the point is known as Cromwell's (or Oliver's) Plump.

Gallery updated : 2016-02-21 17:33:57

Featured review :

Warships of the Napoleonic Era

Robert Gardiner
I happily confess to being a fan of Gardiner's work. His 'Frigates of the Napoleonic Wars' is a favourite of mine. This book follows the same format, a little over twelve inches square, which allows for some stunning illustrations. The content covers ships of Britain, other European powers and the U.S.A although the bulk of the text is of the Royal Navy. The writing is fluid and most readable for both the person who wants it as a reference book and a cover to cover reader like me. All through one feels the authority of the author is based on thorough research, and, for anyone who wants to go further, there is an extensive list of sources. As an aside almost all of the line drawings would allow an experienced boat modeller to create precise replicas. This is a superb book which I cannot recommend too highly.
Seaforth Publishing, Pen & Sword Ltd., 2011

Reviewed : 2016-06-13 19:38:19