The Battle of Blore Heath: Sources, Historiography and Implications for the Outbreak of Conflict, 1459-60

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Discussion of the battle of Blore Heath (23 September 1459) has focused on the role of Cheshire gentry. This reflects a historiographical tradition that began early in the sixteenth century with Edward Hall. Attempts to reframe analysis of the battle, and in particular to understand dispositions and manoeuvres on the battlefield itself, have placed weight on the evidence of Jehan de Waurin’s chronicle of Great Britain. Compiled from his vantage point at the duke of Burgundy’s court using newsletters and similar materials, Waurin’s account has significant limitations. These are assessed here, alongside further evidence in other narrative sources. This allows for a clearer understanding of the participation of men from across the north-west midlands in the king’s forces, as also of the small group of core followers who accompanied the earl of Salisbury on his journey to rendezvous with the duke of York and other opponents of the court party.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-52
Number of pages20
JournalMidland History
Issue number1
Early online date25 Jan 2024
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2024

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