Battle of Northampton, 1460

Battle of Northampton, 1460

Battle of Northampton, 1460

The battle was the first major engagement in what is now known as the Wars of the Roses. The battle is of national importance because it was the only time during the wars that a fortified camp was assaulted; the first use of massed guns; the only time during the wars that an army was excommunicated; and the last time protracted negotiations preceded a battle. The Lancastrians constructed a fortified position in the fields between Delapre Abbey and the village of Hardingstone. The Yorkists first attacked the town itself and parts were burned down. It was an overwhelming Yorkist victory with casualties in the thousands, after Lord Grey of Ruthin changed sides midway through the battle. King Henry VI was captured during the battle and after spending three days in the town was led back to London. In the immediate ...

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Delapre Abbey
London Road
Northampton

NN4 8AW 

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