By Clive Kristen
This choice of local conflict tales is delivered to you as an e-book particularly formatted by means of Andrews united kingdom for modern-day eReaders. during this first ebook of the 'Battle Trails' sequence, renowned local author Clive Kristen turns his hand to an exam of the battles that formed Northumbria and past.
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He points to the significance of the Heavenly Field, a name bestowed long before the battle and therefore ‘ a sure omen of events to come’. To add to the import of this he records a number of miracles that occurred later. For Bede, Heavenfield was much more than ‘Popular Northern Leader Defeats Welsh Upstart’. It represented a famous victory for a Christian king against the pagan. The remnants of the Welsh army took flight down Dere Street and were pursued by the Northumbrians. At Deniseburn ( almost certainly the Rowley Burn ) Cadwallon was caught and killed.
The battle will be forever associated with the famous escape of Queen Margaret although the provenance of the story is doubtful. The Warrior Queen, Margaret of Anjou, was used to making a hasty exit. She and her husband, Henry VI, had been forced to escape to Scotland a second time in 1461 following defeat at the battle of Towton. They had been welcomed north of the border by the Queen-dowager, Mary of Gueldres, but when it was clear that local levies could not be relied on as front line fighting men, Margaret crossed to France to seek help for the Lancaster campaign.
It was Lord Dacre [ Warden of the Middle Marches and Keeper of Harbottle Castle ] who found the king’s body amongst Scots dead. The corpse was taken to Berwick, and then ( on the orders of Henry VIII) to Shene Monastery in Surrey. In all Scots lost at least 9,000 men and the English 5,000. After the battle Lord Home joined the Moss troopers of Tynedale and Teviotdale to strip the slain and plunder the baggage of both armies. He was later to be executed for his treachery in not attacking the English.
Battle Trails of Northumbria by Clive Kristen