Monday, April 09, 2018

Gory war

In most battles [in the War of the Roses] the heaviest casualties were suffered by the armored noblemen and mounted knights; for the footmen of the defeated army generally escaped slaughter by running away. Each side was inclined o follow victory with the execution of prominent prisoners. London Bridge was decorated with the severed heads of Lancastrian and Yorkist leaders in turn.

(from A History of England and the British Empire)

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