Location of Battle of Bosworth confirmed

After years of indecision about the location of the Battle of Bosworth, Leicestershire County Council have finally revealed that the site is on a field on Alf Oliver’s arable farm, two miles away from Ambion Hill, where the Bosworth visitor centre was built. From the Times Online:

On the morning of August 22, 1485, the last medieval king of England gambled his throne and his life on one desperate cavalry charge.

It must have made for a magnificent spectacle as Richard III hurtled through the smoke and din of the Battle of Bosworth on a mission to kill his upstart rival, Henry Tudor.

He nearly reached him but was held up a few yards short of his quarry and then driven back into a marsh, where he and his heavily armoured knights were picked off by Welshmen with halberds and daggers.

In those few frenzied moments the future of England — and by extension much of the world — changed course. Bosworth became the bridge that links the Middle Ages to modern Britain and ushered in the dynasty of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. If Richard had killed Henry there might have been no English Reformation, no Church of England and no Elizabethan golden age to inspire artists, explorers and empire builders.

To confirm the location, cannon balls have been discovered there by archeologists, as well as a badge in the shape of a boar, which was the personal emblem of Richard III.

It is now possible to visit the site, even though it is indistinguishable from any English field, but I’d try to get there quickly as I expect it won’t be long before they build a gift shop, cafe and children’s play area and start charging toursits to see the field. Or perhaps I’m just being cynical.

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