The battle of towton was fought on 29 march 1461 during the english wars of the roses near the village of towton in yorkshire a culminating battle in the dynastic struggles between the houses of lancaster and york for control of the english throne the engagement ended in an overwhelming victory for the yorkists. Fought in the middle of a snow storm with perhaps as many as 100000 men in the field the battle of towton was the largest and bloodiest military engagement on english soil in a bitter melee that lasted many hours it saw the fall of the lancastrian dynasty and heralded the start of the reign of the yorkist edward iv. The battle of towton on 29th march 1461 was possibly the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on english soil although the lancastrian king henry vi had transferred the right of succession to the english throne to richard duke of york and his heirs his wife queen margaret was not prepared to . The battle of towton was fought march 29 1461 during the war of the roses the largest battle ever fought in britain towton saw lancastrian and yorkist forces clash in a day long fight the battle of towton turned when yorkist reinforcements arrived allowing them to drive off the enemy. Coronation of king edward iv on 29th june 1461 after the battle of towton fought on 29th march 1461 in the wars of the roses picture by richard caton woodville emblems of the battle of towton the earl of marchs housings in the battle were of crimson velvet powdered with suns and white roses on his helmet was the lion of england
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