On This Day: June 16th

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On the 16th of June 1487 the final battle of the Wars of the Roses took place, it was the Battle of Stoke Field. The engagement took place in East Stoke, Nottinghamshire and ended in a decisive Tudor victory. Henry Tudor victorious on the behalf of the Lancastrians two years prior at the Battle of Bosworth was the king and leader of the Tudor forces in this battle, the battle was the result of a final Yorkist rebellion led by John de la Pole who died in battle with most other Yorkist leaders. This is almost a footnote at the end of the Wars of the Roses due to the decisive outcome from the massive Battle of Bosworth which officially ended the war in most minds.

The Wars of the Roses were a series of conflicts or one large conflict depending on what side of the fence you sit on in that historical debate. It was fought primarily between the Yorkists and the Lancastrians over the throne, a number of factors led to the conflicts onset including the fact the Lancastrian line had usurped originally, the country was in economic trouble along with most of Europe, the final defeat in the Hundred Years War and noble rivalries. The conflict went back and forth with the Yorkists having seemingly won when Edward IV claimed the throne for the second time, however one of the last remaining Lancastrian heirs Henry Tudor who had a very small claim to the throne rallied the Lancastrian clause to victory at Bosworth and gained the throne. Henry a Tudor and Lancastrian sealed his new leadership with marriage to a prominent Yorkist which would seal the two families together under Tudor rule, the Battle of Stoke Field was just the epilogue to this conflict that wreaked havoc across England.

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