The Battle of Towton (Britain's Bloodiest Battle Documentary) | Timeline


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  • Dean McAndrew
    Dean McAndrew  3 days back

    Bores me when “modern people” call Men that died on a battlefield “people”

    It was MEN that fought and died on battlefields........ not people!

    • Rigg Amore
      Rigg Amore  3 days back

      Debating about whether or not an Englishman was an archer, when it is still the law that every English man be an archer.

      • John Lumb
        John Lumb  5 days back

        I have recently traced my family back with DNA and family tree work and Sir Lionel Leo 6th Baron of de Welles fought on the Lancastrian side and was killed at Towton, I wonder if he was in the pit?

        • Funk Enstein
          Funk Enstein  5 days back

          Wouldn't swinging a heavy sword also have the effect of increasing bone density? They should have done a body scan of a swordsman today, too, then compared them. I wonder what the Englishmen of that day would say if they could see England today- would they recognize it?

          • Brendan McGlinchey
            Brendan McGlinchey  6 days back

            Scotland and England didn't union till 1707 so how could it be Britain's most bloody battle ?
            If your going to make statements can they at least be accurate ?

            • Kevin Joiner
              Kevin Joiner  3 hours back

              Britain consists of England and Wales. Great Britain consists of Britain and Scotland and the United Kingdom was the political and economic union of Great Britain.

          • WhyOWhy
            WhyOWhy  6 days back

            Lady speaking at 2.24 - who in their right mind has a Romantic view of medieval warfare? It consisted of hacking or stabbing your Foe to death.

            • cliffdaddy126
              cliffdaddy126  1 weeks back

              Britain's bloodiest battle was the Somme

              • airraid713
                airraid713  2 weeks back

                He looks like Shrek...

                • Ronal Rocco
                  Ronal Rocco  2 weeks back

                  absolutely captivating. Chivalry must have been in the eyes of the non-combatant classes. They tried to make seem civilized what is all but that in reality. The horror is real.

                  • Sir Dan Dandy
                    Sir Dan Dandy  2 weeks back

                    I hope the bodies are given a decent Christian burial after the white coats have finished with them.

                    • Dick Dastardly
                      Dick Dastardly  2 weeks back

                      Sir Dan Dandy I live a mile down the road from towton and regularly walk the dog on the battlefield. I think I’m right in saying that the remains are in box’s in York university due to them still being studied as battle graves from this period are scarce.

                  • John Campbell
                    John Campbell  2 weeks back

                    The modern romantic version of chivalry did not really exist in medieval warfare. The reason men of rank & title were spared was because they were worth money in the form of ransom, not for any noble purpose. And the indiscriminate nature of killing brought on by the use of massed archers and later, firearms, destroyed even this concept once and for all.

                    • michael nixson
                      michael nixson  2 weeks back

                      See what life was like without TV and football.!

                      • dave davo
                        dave davo  3 weeks back

                        the info is very interesting but it is dragged out slowly like we have all day

                        • David Watkins
                          David Watkins  3 weeks back

                          I am not being funny but the English were well known for having WELSH PEOPLE AS ARCHERS, I'm not saying they were Welsh in this battle, but my point is when they were saying about English archers being so amazing, it tells u something that, England a country supposed to be so good at archery, so if u r all so good at something then why do u have to take people who u have colonised:-Welsh people, u made them give up their archers to u because THEY WERE the ones who were MOST renowned for their archery,in the whole English army NOT THE ENGLISH, but that's just a typical thing that they try to do innit 🤔😎💯

                          • Thomas Mills
                            Thomas Mills  3 weeks back

                            It seems wasteful to spend so much time trying to prove these guys were archers. I really dont think anyone is debating that there were many archers on both sides at Towton. ...seems an odd choice.

                            • clusterguard
                              clusterguard  3 weeks back

                              a truly excellent documentary. congratulations!!

                              • TEJ Jensen
                                TEJ Jensen  3 weeks back

                                I heard the reconstructed warrior shouting - I had a lot of hair!!!

                                • George Mason
                                  George Mason  3 weeks back

                                  Now that was a good show thank you for the upload

                                  • Evan Trites
                                    Evan Trites  3 weeks back

                                    I think the 30 or so skeletons were the last men standing on the losing side and were possibly hired to aid in the fighting. I think they were either captured or held out until the bitter end, completely surrounded, and were either tied up and executed violently or they were encircled and cut down.

                                    • Torpedox ttocsyor
                                      Torpedox ttocsyor  3 weeks back

                                      30:00 The Superbowl with Swords and pikes! 45:00 I think it turns Her on!

                                      • Scorpio Justice
                                        Scorpio Justice  4 weeks back

                                        OK, so now we know where 37 of those killed in this battle ended up; where are the other 27,963 bodies?? I don't know. I really can't help but wonder how much history has inflated the number actually killed there. If there were nearly 30k other bodies there, you would expect that you couldn't dig anywhere without coming upon hundreds of bones in every shovel full.

                                        • Peter Chessell
                                          Peter Chessell  4 weeks back

                                          It was not anywhere near the bloodiest battle on english soil Boudicca v the romans over 100 thousand just get it right.

                                        • Derek griffin
                                          Derek griffin  4 weeks back

                                          10hr battle in march they must have been fighting in the dark by the end of it💯🤔😕😕😕

                                          • steve taylor
                                            steve taylor  2 weeks back

                                            Sunrise would have been about 06.00 and sunset about 19.30, plus twilight periods.

                                        • Bartros
                                          Bartros  4 weeks back

                                          @2:12 I like her accent:)

                                          • 7dayspking
                                            7dayspking  4 weeks back

                                            Man this is complete rubbish.

                                            • Nils Brown
                                              Nils Brown  1 months back

                                              too many ads. left at 14 min

                                              • Dave The Bass
                                                Dave The Bass  1 months back

                                                looking at dates of previous battles and the time "Number 16" recieved his previous injury I'd guess he was part of the Earl of Northumberland's camp on the Lancastrian side.

                                              • joel bourbeau
                                                joel bourbeau  1 months back

                                                Chivalry was for the chivalrous only...

                                                • Joe Publicus
                                                  Joe Publicus  1 months back

                                                  Pretty pictures, and video, of modern landscapes, and fantasized fields of battle. Need to Add documents, references, not speculation and opinion speakers.

                                                  • T S
                                                    T S  1 months back

                                                    There is a historical error with one of the actors at 36:34. Being so obese in those days would mean that one would retain unimaginable wealth; a lowly footsoldier would be unable to procure the wealth or resources to reach this state. Also, the person at 36:41 looks like a martyr.

                                                • Lars Jönlid
                                                  Lars Jönlid  1 months back

                                                  Longbows, artillery of the day !!

                                                  • T S
                                                    T S  1 months back

                                                    I would agree, but actually, black powder handgonnes/hand cannon and artillery were already in use during the 15th Century (and in the War of the Roses itself), just very primitive and a hassle to reload. It was optimal to reload a handgonne with a crew of two or three persons and would take "too long," which explains why longbows and crossbows remained supreme until the invention of the Arquebus. Serpentine cannon, bombards and mortars were also utilized but were costly to produce.

                                                • morrikai
                                                  morrikai  1 months back

                                                  '' first salvo could have dissembled 8000- 9000 Yorkist men ...'' they should have used longbow in the first world war, with that efficiency the war would have been over in one year

                                                  • Doug Boyd
                                                    Doug Boyd  2 months back

                                                    Only one arrow wound. Perhaps this is because not many people can run 1 1/2 miles after being hit by an arrow from a longbow.

                                                    • Cinda Schuster
                                                      Cinda Schuster  2 months back

                                                      All for a bunch of Bull$hit elites!

                                                      • Amnesiac Angel
                                                        Amnesiac Angel  2 months back

                                                        They keep conflating horrible battle wounds with proof that chivalry was dead. They repeat it over and over almost as if they have some weird agenda or resentment. These timeline documentaries can be really odd sometimes and on multiple occasions from what I have watched; utterly misinformed on a variety of topics.

                                                        • jaq Kerouac
                                                          jaq Kerouac  4 weeks back

                                                          @Amnesiac Angel. Wow very observant of you. Very Interesting Good call. Thanks for mentioning that

                                                      • Tony maloney
                                                        Tony maloney  2 months back

                                                        Does anyone know the vocals at the intro to the doc?

                                                        • stnicholas54
                                                          stnicholas54  2 months back

                                                          What is the point of all this ? Can you not simply leave the dead be ?

                                                          • Anne Scholey
                                                            Anne Scholey  2 months back

                                                            Lotherton is nearby

                                                            • Sivar Zarathustra Jadgar
                                                              Sivar Zarathustra Jadgar  2 months back

                                                              War of the Roses = Game of Thrones! Lancastrians = Lanisters ! Lions! South!

                                                              • WastelandGirl __
                                                                WastelandGirl __  2 months back

                                                                Sorry, but Towton was not the bloodiest battle in Britains history. That was the battle of Watling Street during the revolt of Boudicca against the romans. both battles has one thing in common: the retret of the losing army was nearly blocked, so the fleeing soldiers was massacred in large numbers - at Watling Street, there were women and children with many bullock carts, watching the battle and become a living blockade for their own men. according to the romans, they killed more than 70.000 celts on this day. they outnumbered the romans (ca. 13.000 men) 4, perhaps 5 to 1 in number of combattants, plus the mass of women and children, so this casualties are absolutely possible.

                                                              • Gitarzan 66
                                                                Gitarzan 66  2 months back

                                                                One arm more developed than the other only means one thing. They were single.

                                                              • Dogge
                                                                Dogge  2 months back

                                                                All these men died so some rich guy could get richer. War never changes.

                                                                • Gladiator0719
                                                                  Gladiator0719  2 months back

                                                                  Who's the cute blonde German archeologist?

                                                                  • Dick Dastardly
                                                                    Dick Dastardly  2 weeks back

                                                                    Gladiator0719 Malin holst, lecturer and osteoarchaeologist at York university

                                                                • Geense2525
                                                                  Geense2525  2 months back

                                                                  Can a British construction crew build anything without bumping into a mass grave?

                                                                  • Volodymyr Akvilon
                                                                    Volodymyr Akvilon  2 months back

                                                                    wow so much repetition of the skeleton footage, that only the sexy cute red head bone examiner has saved the show

                                                                    • Alex Butters
                                                                      Alex Butters  4 weeks back

                                                                      Volodymyr Akvilon she sucked him off

                                                                  • manny 2nd amendment
                                                                    manny 2nd amendment  2 months back

                                                                    Name of music?

                                                                    • dave hargreaves
                                                                      dave hargreaves  2 months back

                                                                      thought id catch up on the Kosovo England game and ended up here

                                                                      • Jennifer Morin
                                                                        Jennifer Morin  2 months back

                                                                        I histtened to this where are the dargyshires that's

                                                                        • Amir Dani
                                                                          Amir Dani  2 months back

                                                                          Im realy mad as ads,how manytimes need to watch?