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The Battle of Bosworth Field

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 26 April 2012

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Battle of Bosworth Field, the celebrated encounter between Lancastrian and Yorkist forces in August 1485. The battle, the penultimate of the Wars of the Roses, resulted in the death of Richard III. The victory of Henry Tudor enabled him to succeed Richard as monarch and establish the Tudor dynasty which was to rule for over a century. These events were immortalised by Shakespeare in Richard III, and today the battle is regarded as one of the most important to have taken place on English soil. But little is known about what happened on the battlefield, and the very location of the encounter remains the subject of much debate.

With:

Anne Curry
Professor of Medieval History and Dean of Humanities at the University of Southampton

Steven Gunn
Tutor and Fellow in Modern History at Merton College, Oxford

David Grummitt
Lecturer in British History at the University of Kent.

Producer: Thomas Morris.

  • FURTHER READING

    Michael Bennett, ‘The Battle of Bosworth’ (Alan Sutton Publishing, 1985)

    Sean Cunningham, ‘Henry VII’ (Routledge, 2007)

    Glenn Foard, ‘Bosworth Uncovered’, BBC History Magazine, vol 11 no. 2 (March 2010) p23-30

    John Gillingham (ed.), ‘Richard III: A Medieval Kingship’ (Collins & Brown, 1983)

    R. A. Griffiths and R. Thomas, ‘The Making of the Tudor Dynasty’ (Alan Sutton Publishing, 1985)

    David Grummitt, ‘A Short History of the Wars of the Roses’ (I.B. Tauris, 2012)

    Peter Hammond, ‘Richard III and the Bosworth Campaign’ (Pen & Sword Military, 2010)

    Michael Hicks, ‘Richard III’ (Tempus, 2000)

    David Hipshon, ‘Richard III’ (Routledge, 2011)

    Michael K. Jones, ‘Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle’ (Tempus, 2002)

    Charles Ross, ‘Richard III’ (Eyre Methuen, 1981)

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