9 medieval battles more significant than Agincourt

It is more than 600 years since Henry V led England to victory at the battle of Agincourt on 25 October 1415, defeating a French army significantly bigger than his own. But despite deservedly being one of the most famous battles of the Middle Ages, Agincourt is not necessarily one of the most significant of the era, argues medieval warfare expert Dr Sean McGlynn. Here are 9 important medieval battles, from the battle of Hastings in 1066 to the battle of Bosworth in 1485… historyextra.com

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Wars of the Roses: the UK’s 10 best heritage sites

The Wars of the Roses were a series of bitter conflicts that tore apart England and Wales during the late middle ages, killing tens of thousands of people, sending the crown bouncing back and forth between the houses of Lancaster and York – and eventually leading to the collapse of the Plantagenet dynasty and the rise of the Tudors. telegraph.co.uk

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One of the most strikingly preserved fortresses in England, Bamburgh Castle sits on a windswept headland in Northumberland

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16 Key Figures in the Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses was a bloody contest for the throne of England, a civil war fought out between the rival houses of York – whose symbol was the white rose – and Lancaster – whose symbol was the red rose – throughout the second half of the 15th century.

After 30 years of political manipulation, horrific carnage and brief periods of peace, the wars ended and a new royal dynasty emerged: the Tudors. HistoryHit.com

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Read more to discover 16 key figures from the wars.