GCSE history warfare – handguns at battle of Barnet

On that famous foggy day in April 1471 Edward IV routed a thousand Lancastrians including the Earl of Warwick ‘the Kingmaker’. As with many Wars of the Roses sites, the precise place where the battle took place is hotly disputed. The answer may lie in the debris.According to archaeologist Bruce Watson ” This is the only intact 15th century battlefield site in England where handguns are known to have been used in large numbers. Excavation work will begin in the autumn. Barnet is of course famous as it consolidated Edward Iv’s possession of the throne ousting the hapless Henry VI and leading eventually to the reign of Richard III and the rise of the Tudors.

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