War For The Throne

The Battle of Shrewsbury 1403

John Barratt

Date Published :
August 2010
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Campaign Chronicles
Illustration :
20 - 30 illustrations
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781848840287
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Out of stock
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The opening years of the fifteenth century saw one of the most bitterly contested political and military convulsions in the history of the British Isles, a conflict that is too-often overlooked by military historians.

Henry IV, who had overthrown and probably murdered his predecessor Richard II, fought a protracted and bloody campaign against the most powerful nobles in the land. This war is the subject of John Barratt’s gripping study.

The Percy family, the ‘Kings of the North’, and their most famous leader Sir Henry Percy – ‘Hotspur’, whose fiery nature and military prowess were immortalized by Shakespeare – stood out against Henry’s rule. And the beleaguered king also had to contend with a range of other unrelenting opponents, among them Owain Glyn Dwr, who led the Welsh revolt against English supremacy.

In this graphic account of the first, deeply troubled years of Henry IV’s reign, John Barratt concentrates on the warfare, in particular on the set piece pitched battles fought at Homildon Hill, Pilleth and Shrewsbury. His story brings to life the embittered politics and the personal and family enmities that gave rise to armed conflict. And he describes in vivid detail the tactics and fighting methods of the day, which were dominated by the devastating power of the English longbow.

About The Author

John Barratt is a leading authority on the Royalist Armies in the Civil War. Author of over a dozen books on the subject, including Cavaliers the first detailed study of the Royalist forces, and a nuber of campain histories. His latest books with Helion include Rabble of Gentility the story of the Northern Horse, and The Last Battle: The Stow on the Wold Campaign. He lectures regularly on historical subjects and lives in the Welsh Marches, an area rich in history!


"a fresh look at the conflict, delving into the contemporary accounts and describing in detail the fighting methods and tactics…"

- Shropshire Star

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