“… bothe the armies met by chaunce, in a faire plain, nere to a toune called Hedgecot …”
To commemorate the 550th anniversary of one of the most misunderstood and confusing battles of the Wars of the Roses period the Northamptonshire Battlefields Society, in association with Abington Park Museum in Northampton and the Battlefields Trust, are holding a full day study day and conference.
Fought in South Northamptonshire just outside Banbury by armies from Wales and Yorkshire the Battle of Edgcote marked Warwick the Kingmaker’s first step from Yorkist to Lancastrian. The outcome of the battle was determined by a dispute over a fair maid from Banbury, and the timely arrival of a rag-tag group of rascals from in and around Northampton, – or was it?
This full day conference will look at the campaign and battle, from why the Earl of Warwick felt compelled to abandon the House of York, to the mysterious “Robin of Redesdale” who plunged the Kingdom into such chaos, and the bloody executions at the foot of the Eleanor Cross in Northampton where long held grudges were settled.
The Speakers will include:
Harvey Watson: “The Battle of Edgcote – an Introduction”
Harvey is a Trustee of the Battlefields Trust and editor of Battlefield Magazine. He will discuss the battle in general and provide a background to the rest of the day’s talks, highlighting what the Battlefields Trust has done to rescue the Battle of Edgcote from obscurity.
Mike Ingram: “The Woodvilles and the War”
Mike is Chair of the Northamptonshire Battlefields Society, author of books on the Battles of Northampton and Bosworth, regular contributor to the Nenequirer and frequent speaker on Northamptonshire’s history. He will cover the background to the Earl of Warwick’s rebellion and the tensions between him, as the most powerful noble in the realm, and Edward IV’s wife and family, that are commonly believed to have led to uprising.
Graham Evans: “The Source of the Problem”
Graham is Secretary of the Northamptonshire Battlefields Society and author of the shortly to be published “The Battle of Edgcote 1469 – Re-evaluating the evidence”. He will look at the evidence we have, and how it fits together, before challenging a number of long held views about what actually happened, to whom and where.
Professor Ann Parry Owen & Dr Jenny Day: “Words, weapons & warfare – the Welsh Bards and the Battle of Banbury”
Ann and Jenny will be joining us from the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies to discuss the often overlooked evidence for the battle contained in 15th century Welsh Poetry. This source is often not covered in depth by English studies of the battle, despite one of the armies being predominantly Welsh. Ann has completed entirely new translations of poems related to the battle not previously fully available in English especially for the anniversary. Jenny’s PhD thesis and subsequent publications have looked at weapons and warfare as perceived by the Welsh poets. This will be a unique opportunity to hear them speak at a battlefields event.
Phil Steele: “Edgcote and the Art of War”
Phil is a Trustee of the Battlefields Trust and long term member of the Northamptonshire Battlefields Society. He is a regular speaker on matters relating to battles in Northamptonshire. In this talk he will look at how the armies deployed and fought, going beyond the contemporary sources conventionally used, looking at what the chronicles and depictions in 15th century art and artefacts truly tell us about what was happening on the battlefield.
In addition to the speaker programme, conference delegates will be able to visit the Society information stand and see the brand new battlefield model, specially built for this year’s anniversary by Phil Steele. We will also be joined by re-enactors from Harrington’s Company who are also members of the Society.
Tickets are available exclusively from Abington Park Museum’s Eventbrite site through the links below. Tickets are £30 for Society and Trust members, or £35 for non-members. Ticket price includes parking, tea & coffee during the day and a full buffet lunch.
Non member tickets: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/edgecote-1469-a-study-day-tickets-58793530031