Battle of Tewkesbury

Battle of Tewkesbury
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  • On 14 March 1471 Edward landed at Spurn Head, provided with some troops but in a precarious position. Strong forces opposed Edward’s invasion but he managed to avoid being captured and Lord Montagu seemed reluctant to hinder Edward’s progress.
  • Spurn Head
  • When he reached the Midlands he was in command of a more substantial army, receiving 4000 men when Clarence deserted Warwick who was now based at Coventry, where he refused to leave the city walls. Edward moved towards London, where the citizens didn't oppose him. 
  • Coventry
  • On 11 April Edward was welcomed into the capital, where he was reunited with his wife and new-born son. The hapless Henry VI was once again taken into Yorkist custody.
  • London
  • For Warwick, the loss of the capital (and Henry) was a serious blow however, his army was larger than Edward’s. On 13 April Edward received news that the Lancastrians had reached St Albans and set out to meet them.
  • St Albans
  • Barnet
  •  They reached Barnet in the early evening, where they met some of Warwick’s scouts. It soon became clear that Warwick was camped a little way to the north of the town. Seeking to force battle the following day, Edward advanced immediately towards the Lancastrian position.
  • Barnet
  •  It soon became clear that Warwick was camped a little way to the north of the town. Seeking to force battle the following day, Edward advanced immediately towards the Lancastrian position.
  • Barnet
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