The Battle of Barnet

by Ellen Castelow

During the 15th century Wars of the Roses, in the struggle for power between the rival houses of Lancaster and York, the Kingmaker, Earl of Warwick led a 15,000 strong Lancastrian army against his former ally Yorkist Edward IV.

Under the shelter of an early morning mist Edward’s army advanced and in the confusion that followed, Warwick’s forces fled and the Kingmaker himself was killed. In just a few short weeks King Edward would meet the depleted Lancastrians again at the Battle of Tewkesbury.

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Key Facts:

Date: 14th April, 1471

War: Wars of the Roses

Location: Barnet, near London

Belligerents: Lancastrians and Yorkists

Victors: Yorkists

Numbers: Lancastrians around 15,000, Yorkists around 10,000

Casualties: Lancastrians around 1,000, Yorkists around 500

Commanders: Edward IV of England (Yorkists), Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick (Lancastrians)


The Battle of Winceby

More Battles in the Wars of the Roses

The First Battle of St Albans 22 May, 1455
Battle of Blore Heath 23 September, 1459
Battle of Northampton (1460) 10 July, 1460
The Second Battle of St Albans 17 February, 1461
Battle of Towton 29 March, 1461
Battle of Barnet 14 April, 1471
Battle of Tewkesbury 4 May, 1471
Battle of Bosworth Field 22 August, 1485
Battle of Stoke Field 16 June, 1487
Background to the Wars of the Roses

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