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Battle Name : Towton

Date(s) : 29 March 1461

Part of : War of the Roses ,

Outcome : A victory for House of York over House of Lancaster

Type of battle : Land


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.


The fields between the villages of Towton and Saxton, a few miles south of Tadcaster in West Yorkshire, England. (England)