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A elegant display of arrayed weaponry from medieval polearms and 2-handed swords through to 19th century percussion muskets and carbines. There are rapiers, basket-hilt broadswords, bayonets, halberds and a crossbow arranged around a 17th century (En...
Taken at the York Castle Museum, York, England, 2005

This man-at-arms wears quite an exotic suit of full armour of 15th century style and is armed with a bill polearm. Member of the Black Guard re-enactment group.
Palm Sunday Battlefield event, Towton, North Yorkshire, 2004

A monument on the Bosworth Battlefield placed to commemorate the fall of King Richard III during the battle. Although it indicates that it is placed on the spot where he fell, current research indicates that the actual site of the battle was some mil...
Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre and Country Park, Warwickshire, UK. March 2004

A Victorian pyramid built over a spring where, legend has it, King Richard III slaked his thirst during the battle of Bosworth.
Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre and Country Park, Warwickshire, UK. March 2004

A intersting example of a motte and bailey castle, the mound being the remains of a wooden castle built by William I around 1068 with the four-lobed stone keep replacing the wooden structure in the 13th Century. It has a commanding view of the Vale o...
Tower Street, York,UK. March 2005 & March 2006.

Here are depicted three different types of foot soldier from the time of the battle of Towton, 1461. On the left, he is a fully armoured man-at-arms with battle axe. In the centre is a foot soldier in the livery of the House of York armed with sword ...
Palm Sunday Battlefield event, Towton, North Yorkshire, 2004

Members of the York City Levy prepare medival dishes.
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

Members of the York City Levy prepare medival dishes.
History at Murton 3 - Murton Park, York, England. April 2009

An example of the camp followers and how a military camp in the time of the Wars of the Roses might have looked. Polearms are racked ready for use, food is cooking over the fire and bread and cheese waits on the nearby table.
Palm Sunday Battlefield event, Towton, North Yorkshire, 2004

A demonstration by the Company of Palm Sunday group on how the bill polearm would have been used to provide a defensive wall against mounted knights and approaching foot.
Palm Sunday Battlefield event, Towton, North Yorkshire, 2004

The medieval castle of Pembroke. It was originally constructed at the beginning of the 13th century to replace an earlier wooden castle built by the Norman baron, Roger de Montgomery in 1093. It became the seat of the Earls of Pembroke and was the bi...
Pembrokeshire, Wales. August 2004

Sandal Castle from which Richard, Duke of York sallied forth to confront the Lancastrian forces at the Battle of Wakefield, 30th Dec 1460, where he was killed and his army crushed. Little is now left of the castle itself, but the earthworks of the o...
Sandal, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Oct 2004

The first stone castle in Scarborough was built on the headland dominating the town and harbour around 1135 by William Le Gros, Earl of Albemarle. The current castle was built in the early 13th century and expanded later by King John and Henry III. ...
Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Summer 2004

The impressive remains of Tenby's medieval city walls, which also protected the town and defied the Parliament's troops when Tenby was held for the King in May 1648 during the 2nd English Civil War.
Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales. August 2004

A plaque on the side of the current bridge in the town commemorating the battle in 1322.
Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire. June 2004

The view from Battle Flat - the ridge on which the Vikings formed for the later stages of the battle after the river had been forced by the English. The view looks down towards the river and the English lines.
Stamford Bridge, East Yorkshire, UK. Sept, 2009

A monument placed at the side of the Great North Road a few mines north of Northallerton and in front of the battlefield itself.
Northallerton, North Yorkshire, Winter 2003/4

The Tower of London
London, England. January, 2005

The view from the right of the Lancastrian starting point, looking down the slope at Cock Beck, and the 'Bloody Meadow' where many Lancastrians made a last stand or drowned in the beck, which was 'in spate'.
Between Towton and Saxton, North Yorkshire, England. March 2003

The grave of Lord Dacre who was killed fighting for the Lancastrians at the Battle of Towton. He is said to be buried in a standing position along with his horse.
Saxton churchyard, North Yorkshire, England. March 2003

The monument to the Battle of Towton, on the Tadcaster to Sherburn-in-Elmet road.
Between Towton and Saxton, North Yorkshire, England. March 2003

A small cross, dedicated in the annual Towton Battlefield Society event to mark the battle. It commemorates the fallen of both sides in a restrained and poignant way.
Palm Sunday Battlefield event, Towton, North Yorkshire, 2009

This foot soldier of the Wars of the Roses period is dressed in a long cloak and jerkin civering a mail shirt, and has a salet for head protection and armour gauntlets. He has a bill polearm and a sword. Member of the Company of Palm Sunday group.
Palm Sunday Battlefield event, Towton, North Yorkshire, 2004