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Battle of Bosworth Field
Part of the Wars of the Roses
Roses-Lancaster victory.svg
Date 22 August 1485
Location In the area of Market Bosworth in Leicestershire, England
52°36′N 1°25′W / 52.60°N 1.41°W / 52.60; -1.41Coordinates: 52°36′N 1°25′W / 52.60°N 1.41°W / 52.60; -1.41
Result Decisive Lancastrian victory
Yorkshire rose.svg King Richard III of England, House of York Lancashire rose.svg Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, Lancastrians French Mercenaries
Commanders and leaders
Richard III of EnglandEarl of Richmond
Earl of Oxford
6,000[1] 5,000

The Battle of Bosworth or Bosworth Field was an important battle during the Wars of the Roses in 15th century England. It was fought on 22 August 1485 between the Yorkist King Richard III, the last of the Plantagenet dynasty, and the Lancastrian Henry Tudor, 2nd Earl of Richmond, who wanted to become king. It ended in the defeat and death of Richard and the beginning of the Tudor dynasty. Historically, the battle is thought to have marked the end of the Wars of the Roses, although further battles were fought in the years that followed as Yorkists unsuccessfully tried to become king again.

Shakespearian dramatization

The Battle of Bosworth is an important part of William Shakespeare's play Richard III. The action of the play ends with this battle.


  1. Richard III had 15,500 men, but Lord Stanley with 4,000 and his brother, Sir William Stanley with 2,500 betrayed him, and Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland with 3,000 did not join the king.

Further reading

  • Bosworth 1485: A Battlefield Rediscovered by Glenn Foard and Anne Curry (2013: forthcoming) - The archaeology of the battle
  • Bosworth: The Birth of the Tudors by Chris Skidmore (2013) - Overview of the battle in its historical context
  • Battle Story: Bosworth 1485 by Mike Ingram (2011) - Analysis of the battle by a military expert

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