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Instruments of Death: Season 1, Episode 2 – The War of the Roses: The Battle of Towton 1461


Towton was the single bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil – it’s believed that 28,000 men were hacked to death in a single day. The Lancastrian and Yorkist armies who stood toe-to-toe in pitched battle that day were armed with deadly Longbows and Crossbows, Falchion Swords and Pole Axes; we’ll see these weapons and the damage they did here, along with a new weapon that appeared on battlefield at that time – the hand cannon. We’ll also hear about the rudimentary battlefield medicine of the day..

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