Troops amass in preparation for the re-enactment of the Battle of Tewkesbury 1471.
These soldiers, like their historic counterparts are wearing something EXTRA to protect themselves against swords, pikes, arrows from long-bowmen and a new weapon of war: hand-held ordinance.
The Battle of Tewkesbury, which took place on 4 May 1471, was one of the decisive battles of the Wars of the Roses. The forces loyal to the House of Lancaster were completely defeated by those of the rival House of York under their monarch, King Edward IV. The Lancastrian heir to the throne, Edward, Prince of Wales, and many prominent Lancastrian nobles were killed during the battle or were dragged from sanctuary two days later and immediately executed. The Lancastrian king, Henry VI, who was a prisoner in the Tower of London, died or was murdered shortly after the battle. Tewkesbury restored political stability to England until the death of Edward IV in 1483.
The second weekend (usually) in August is a chance to watch the amassing of hundreds of troops and the establishment of medieval tented villages and re-enactment on the site of the original battlefield in Tewkesbury.