Battle of Edgcote, and the Douglas connection

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In July 1469, two armies, one drawn from Wales and the West Country, and the other from the North of England, faced each other across Danes Moor, outside the small village of Edgcote (or Edgecote) in south Northamptonshire.

The North men were marching to meet Richard Neville, the Earl of Warwick, who, impatient with his waning influence with King Edward IV, had decided on drastic measures to regain his power. The Welsh and West Country men were loyal to their King, and had been summoned to his aid. Meeting by chance the armies clashed bloodily in the green Northamptonshire countryside. Historical accounts of the battle are full of exciting characters, misdeeds, betrayals and bloody retribution.

One of the 15th century's most overlooked and misunderstood battles, Edgcote had a long lasting impact in both England and Wales. The campaign ended with the King a prisoner, large numbers of the Welsh nobility dead and Warwick "The Kingmaker" apparently holding the reins of power. Warwick’s failure to drive home his advantage over his captive monarch would lead to the re-igniting of the Wars of the Roses and ultimately to the battles of Barnet and Tewkesbury.

Discussion paper on the possible link between the battle and the arrival of Douglas family members in Northamptonshire.

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Sources for this article include:

  • The Battle of Edgcote - 1469: Re-evaluating the evidence by Graham Evans


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