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Battle of Shewsbury

21st July 1403

The Battle of Shrewsbury was fought on 21st July 1403, waged between an army led by the Lancastrian King, Henry IV, and a rebel army led by Henry "Hotspur" Percy from Northumberland. Although the battle was won by King Henry, The King's forces sustained much greater losses than the rebels. The tactics and fighting methods of the day were dominated by the devastating power of the English longbow. It was noted that the King's men "fell like leaves in Autumn, every one [arrow] struck a mortal man".

Further Reading

War For The Throne
(Hardback - 160 pages)
by John Barratt

The opening years of the fifteenth century saw one of the most bitterly contested political and military convulsions in the history of the British Isles, a conflict that is too-often overlooked by military historians. Henry IV, who had overthrown and probably murdered his predecessor Richard II, fought a protracted and… Read more...

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