The Battle of Bosworth Field and its Effect on Government and Society

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The Battle of Bosworth Field took place on 22 August 1485; it was between the army of Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond and King Richard III. It was the 16th and penultimate battle of the War of the Roses. It was crucial to the outcome to the war and the history of the world to come. The battle of Bosworth Field effected England, through the military, as peace was brought to England after centuries of war, politically as Henry VII came to the crown, beginning the Tudor dynasty, with Henry VII revolution of Government, and Socially with the reformation of the Church in England with a split from the Catholic Church.

The War of the Roses were a series of Civil Wars from 1455 – 1487, they were fought between the House of York and the House of
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Henry Tudor left France on August 1 with 2,000 men and gathered more men as he travelled through Wales; by the time of battle on the 22nd of August he had a 5,000 strong army (Hickman, 2009). Richard III had an army of 10,000 men. Henry had sent messengers to Lord Stanley and Sir William Stanley requesting assistance, they both agreed to desert Richard III during the battle. When both Stanleys swapped sides, this turned the numbers in favour of Henry's army. The battle only lasted approximately 2 hours ending with Richard’s death and Henry Tudor, despite being 13th in line for the crown at the time, was crowned King Henry VII.

Richard’s army charged downhill to meet Henry’s. The Stanley’s observed from the south before joining Henry in battle, being able to overwhelm Richard III army (Hickman, 2009). It is not completely certain where the battle took place but it is thought to have been near Dadlington and Ambion hill (as seen below).

The main military effects of the battle of Bosworth Field were that it brought to an end centuries of conflict; before the decades long War of the Roses the Hundred Years war took place between England and France, the English people on the whole were tired of fighting and most accepted Henry as King, a small army fought under the name of York in 1487 in the final battle of the War of the Roses but were defeated (Gormley, 2008).. Along with the end to
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