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War for the Throne : the Battle of Shrewsbury 1403 - BARRATT JOHN

War for the Throne

the Battle of Shrewsbury 1403

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Published: 30th April 2010
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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 bloody campaign against the most powerful nobles in the land. This war is the subject of John Barratt?s gripping study. The Percy family, the ?Kings of the North?, and their most famous leader Sir Henry Percy ? ?Hotspur?, whose fiery nature and military prowess were immortalized by Shakespeare ? stood out against Henry?s rule. And the beleaguered king also had to contend with a range of other unrelenting opponents, among them Owain Glyn Dwr, who led the Welsh revolt against English supremacy. In this graphic account of the first, deeply troubled years of Henry IV?s reign, John Barratt concentrates on the warfare, in particular on the setpiece pitched battles fought at Homildon Hill, Pilleth and Shrewsbury. His story brings to life the embittered politics and the personal and family enmities that gave rise to armed conflict. And he describes in vivid detail the tactics and fighting methods of the day, which were dominated by the devastating power of the English longbow. AUTHOR: John Barratt has written widely on early English military and naval history. His most recent publications include Cromwell?s Wars at Sea, Armada 1588, The Civil War in South-West, Cavalier Generals: King Charles I and His Commanders in the English Civil War, and Cavaliers: The Royalist Army at War, 1642-46. In addition to his books, he gives lectures on these subjects and contributes regularly to periodicals and magazines specializing in military and naval history. SELLING POINTS: ? Graphic account of the bitter conflict between the king and the nobles on fifteenth-century England ? Focuses on the battles of Homildon Hill, Pilleth and Shrewsbury ? Insight into the leading figures ? Henry IV, Prince Percy (later Henry V), Hotspur, Owain Glyn Dwr ? Examines the tactics, fighting methods and weapons of the day, especially the longbow ILLUSTRATIONS 20-30 images *

Illustrations and Mapsp. vii
Chronologyp. xv
Backgroundp. 1
Death of a Kingp. 2
Uprising in Walesp. 15
The Armiesp. 32
Pilleth and Homildon Hillp. 36
Campaign Chroniclep. 57
The Roots of Rebellionp. 57
The Shrewsbury Campaignp. 71
Approach to Battlep. 79
The Battle of Shrewsburyp. 84
The Price of Rebellionp. 97
Welsh High Tidep. 103
The Glyn Dwr Revolt: Turning Pointp. 106
Glyn Dwr's Declinep. 115
Northumberland's Last Throwp. 119
The End of Glyn Dwrp. 121
Aftermathp. 125
The Battlefields Todayp. 128
Orders of Battlep. 129
Glossaryp. 131
Bibliographyp. 133
Indexp. 137
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ISBN: 9781848840287
ISBN-10: 1848840284
Series: Campiagn Chronicles
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 30th April 2010
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48