Richard III and the Bosworth Campaign

By P.W. Hammond

 Hammond’s book on Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth is a fascinating and detailed recount of one of the most significant battles in England’s history. Once I started reading I was hooked and thoroughly enjoyed every chapter.

The book focuses on the events leading up to the Battle of Bosworth. Hammond explores the short reign of Richard III, how he came to the be on the English throne, the events that unfolded throughout his reign and the led up to the Battle of Bosworth. On the other side of the coin, Hammond detailed who Henry Tudor was, why he stated he had a claim to the English crown and how he gathered his men and supplies and then set sail to England to take on a ruling King.

It was very interesting to read how the two army’s, led by Richard III and Henry Tudor respectively, maneuvered their way through Wales and England to meet near the town of Dadlington. There was so much happening in the weeks that led up to the battle and Hammond discusses the decisions and maneuvers made by Richard III and Henry Tudor to give the reader a greater understanding of what happened.

The Battle itself is outlined in fascinating detail, although the only fault of this entire book is that since it was published more information about the location of the battle and the resting place of Richard III has come to life. This is no fault of Hammond as he brilliantly used the information at hand at the time of writing of this book.

Hammond also details the types of armour and weapons the soldiers would have used as well as various battle techniques that were employed. This was fascinating to read as learning how the men fought and with what weapons and protection, really helps to gain a greater understanding of how the battle unfolded and the sheer impact it had upon English history.

Hammond also describes the events that unfolded after Henry Tudor’s victory at Bosworth. He discusses how Henry Tudor, now King Henry VII, reign affected England and had an impact on international relations.

I also enjoyed the unbiased examination of the lead up to the Battle of Bosworth, the battle itself and the aftermath. Many books are heavily biased for or against Richard III and this tainted view can affect how the events of the age are described. Hammond’s analysis of the battle strays away from any bias and simply details the events, the battle and the aftermath and allows the reader to decide what they think and feel of Henry Tudor’s victory.

Although new information regarding the location of the battle and what happened to Richard III’s body after the battle has come to life, I would still strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in English history. Hammond’s book is a fascinating read that provides a great deal of information with beautiful, relevant images included. Highly recommended!

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