Barnet 1471: Death of the Kingmaker

By David Clark

David Clark’s book focuses on the battle of Barnet and provides a vivid picture of what the battle was really like and why it had to take place.

What I love about this book is that it provides details of the events leading up to the battle, why the Earl of Warwick fell out with Edward IV and what brought the two famous men to stand on opposite sides of the battlefield. This provided a fantastic basis so the author could then move to detail the battle, the main people involved and the movements of each troop. The description of the battle was so vivid that I felt as though I were there, lost within the thick fog, the clash of metal and the cries of injured men surrounding me.

I also love that this book can be used as a guide if one wished to walk the battle site. There is a chapter dedicated to the path to take if you were visiting Barnet and wished to retrace the footsteps of the Earl of Warwick or Edward IV. Be it in book form or on kindle, this is a great companion book to take with you as not to miss any parts of the battle.

It is clear from the onset that Clark has done a great deal of research for this book, using a number of primary sources which spoke about the battle as reference. He also challenges later theories of the battle and the events that unfolded to get to the truth behind the happenings surrounding the prelude, aftermath and the battle itself.

Clark’s book on the Battle of Barnet is very well written and provides a wealth of information. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the Wars of the Roses or military history.

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