Mike Ingrams book Rchard III and the Battle of BosworthThis is the story of two very different men, Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England and Henry Tudor and how they met in battle on 22 August 1485 at Bosworth Field.

The Battle of Bosworth is one of the most important battles in English history and on the death of Richard ushered in the age of the Tudors. This book, using contemporary sources, examines their early lives, the many plots against Richard and the involvement of Henry’s mother, Margaret Beaufort. Despite recent portrayals as the archetypal fence-sitters, the book also shows that the powerful Stanley family had a long-standing feud with Richard and were not only complicit in the plots against him in the months before the battle, but probably laid the trap that ultimately led to his death on the battlefield.

It shows that the events that climaxed at Bosworth were made possible by the intrigues of King Louis XI of France and shows that it was not just the fate of England that was at stake but that of France itself. King Louis’ taste for intrigue and double-dealing had earned him the nicknames "the Cunning" and "the Universal Spider." The book details how he spun webs of plots and conspiracies first against Edward IV then Richard III, destabilised England and created a platform for Henry’s invasion. Policies that were continued by his daughter, Anne de Beaujeu after Louis's death. 

From the foreword: Yet another book on Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth? Yes, but one that gives a different and interesting perspective on the combatants and the battle that saw a change of regime and the death of the last of the Plantagenet kings...This is a fascinating book giving another perspective on one of the most important battles ever fought on English soil. It tells of how it came about as the allegiance of fifteenth-century magnates flowed from one side to another, enabling the reader to understand so much more as to why King Richard came to his untimely end. It is an interesting read and the author is to be thanked for this. Dr Phil Stone, Chairman, Richard III Society

Mike Ingram MA is a medieval historian, freelance lecturer and specialist tour guide. Since 2010,
he has walked Bosworth battlefield many times, as well as leading over 1000 visitors around the battlefield. His previous books include “Battle Story: Bosworth 1485” and “The Battle of Northampton 1460.” He regularly writes for a variety of history magazines and is a frequent guest on BBC Radio Northampton, talking about local heritage and heritage issues. Mike is the Chair of Northamptonshire Battlefield Society and a Trustee of the Naseby Battlefield Project.

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