Battle of Bosworth.

‘Early in the morning men prepare their souls and their equipment for the forthcoming battle. Sounds of stone on blades and murmured Latin prayers are soon drowned out by the din of the drums calling the men to muster.’

On the 22nd August 1485 Henry Tudor brought a small rebel army to face the much larger Royal army of King Richard III.

The Battle of Bosworth heralded the dawn of the Tudor Age. England would never be the same again. The Church of England was founded and the British Empire was born.

‘Why, our battalion trebles that account:
Besides, the king’s name is a tower of strength,
Which they upon the adverse party want.
Up with my tent there! Valiant gentlemen,
Let us survey the vantage of the field
Call for some men of sound direction
Let’s want no discipline, make no delay,
For, lords, to-morrow is a busy day.

William Shakespeare. Richard III Act V, Scene 3 Bosworth Field.


Brushed up on my Battle of Bosworth today at:

Leicester and Richard III

Had a spare couple of hours to while away in Leicester city centre a few days back so wandered up to the cathedral to check out Richard III’s story.

Leicester Cathedral

Richard III was the last king of England to die in battle when he was defeated at Bosworth in 1485. It is debatable whether or not he murdered his nephews to protect his throne.

In September 2012 his remains were discovered within the site of the former Greyfriars Church in Leicester England, now a city car park. His remains were ultimately reinterred at Leicester Cathedral on 26 March 2015.

His tomb faces east and is tilted slightly, as if to meet and face the risen Jesus, with an open cross to represent the resurrection of Christ.

Tomb of Richard III, Leicester Cathedral

Was Richard good or bad? I liked this thought: