Friday, 19 February 2010

New Site for the Battle of Bosworth Revealed

A four year project that has cost £1 million led by the Battlefields Trust has led to a new location for the Battle of Bosworth being revealed.  The Battle of Bosworth which was fought in 1485 was the final battle in the War of the Roses and one of the the most important battles in English history.  The battle saw the death of the last Plantagenet king of England, Richard III and the seizing of power by Henry Tudor, signalling the beginning of the Tudor dynasty.

It was previously thought that the Battle of Bosworth had been fought on Ambion Hill in Leicestershire, where there is a flag on the crest of the hill, a small monument to mark the place where King Richard fell and a newly renovated visitors' centre. The project has, however, shown that the actual site of the battle was more than a mile to the south west of this position and a new trail will lead from the visitor's centre to the new location.

The evidence proving the new location for Bosworth includes cannon balls, belt buckles, armour straps and a silver amulet in the shape of a White Boar, which was Richard of York's personal cognizance. Although the original announcement was made in October 2009, the exact location has been kept secret until now to deter treasure hunters.

Read the whole news article on the new location for the Battle of Bosworth


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