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Stoke Field

Battle Name : Stoke Field

Date(s) : 16 June 1487

Part of : War of the Roses ,

Outcome : A victory for Lancastrian [Tudor] Army over Yorkists Forces

Type of battle : Land


The Yorkist army possibly 8000 strong included 2000 German mercenaries and 4000 Irishmen. They held a strong position with their flank on the river Trent. The Royal army numbered about 12,000 and although its over advanced vanguard was badly mauled the remainning two battles soon came into the action. The ill equipped Irish in particular were no match for the royal troops. Casualties were heavy on both sides but considerably more Yorkists were killed in the rout.