Richard III. The Last Plantagenet.

Needing to get some fresh air this afternoon I set off for a Christmas Eve walk close to home.  The site of the Battle of Bosworth Field lies near to where I live and there is a pleasant walk around the area in rural Leicestershire.  The battle, which took place on 22nd August 1485, was the  decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses between the Houses of York and Lancaster.  Richard III was the last king of the Plantagenet dynasty and his defeat by Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond (subsequently King Henry VII) at Bosworth Field marked a defining moment in English history.

I passed this memorial stone to Richard III and spent a few moments pondering the course of our nation's history if Richard had been victorious at Bosworth Field. He was the last English king to be killed in battle on English soil.