Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Towton :: A Cock Up!

A. A. Gill’s excellent article on Towton was the cover story of yesterday’s Sunday Times Magazine.   If you haven’t seen the magazine I recommend you read it online although the pictures & illustrations are missing.

It’s a wonderful piece of general history writing and Gill does a great job of creating the brooding atmosphere so appropriate for Towton.  The online comments are full of praise and rightly so.

So what’s this about a cock up?  There’s a wonderful map in the magazine just like those in Look and Learn.  However the map contains a marvellous error.  The Lancastrians are shown with a white rose and the Yorkists with a red one!

For the basic history Gill relied heavily on  A. W. Boardman’s book on Towton.  So if you want to know more about Towton this is the obvious staring point.

However, I’m not sure which edition he used.  The first edition was published in 1994. I have the 2000 edition.  In putting this post together I found that Boardman has published a new edition in June this year. I’ll be looking out for this new edition.

Of course for wargamers there’s always  the Poleaxed Sourcebooks from Freezywater which cover all the battles of the Wars of the Roses:
  • Blazons of major personalities.
  • Detailed orders of battle and maps.
  • Full descriptions of the battles.
  • Special scenario rules.
  • Fully indexed rolls of honour.
  • Vol 1 and Vol 2 free samples.
Other useful links:

2 comments :

  1. My favourite period..and my first ever wargame was Stoke 1487 using Vis Bellica rules.
    I had the ragtag Pretender army..and I won! I refused to come down off the hill with my best troops and used my Irish as an expendable screen against his heavy mounted knights...they would be scattered, then rally and regroup again. 3 times they did so, and basically wore down his cavalry.

    It was great to change history especially on my first wargame....trouble is I have hardly won any game since.

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  2. Snap! My very first DBM army was a Wars of the Roses army and I've still got it. I've a Tudor army for Bosworth & Stoke Field. Amazingly, it plays really well under DBMM.

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