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An Analysis of the causes of the Wars and the course which they took.

Michael D. Miller

Battlefield Map: The Battle of Blore Heath 23 September 1459


Salisbury, turning to face a Lancastrian force which surprises him, takes up a defensive position on top of a slight rise. The Lancastrian commanders, being inexperienced, are puzzled what to do. For a while neither Army makes a move. Salisbury makes a signal that he is going to retreat by hitching up his wagons. This fools the Lancastrian commanders into ordering a cavalry charge. This is repelled by the Yorkist archers. The charge is repeated an meets a similar fate. Then the Lancastrians dismount and charge on foot. By this time they are exhausted and are no match for Salisbury's fresh infantrymen. They break and fly the field. Audley's Cross marks the reputed spot where he was killed.
Copyright Michael D. Miller 2003