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Bosworth Field Compass Rose - Sutton Cheney, Leicestershire
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 52° 35.869 W 001° 24.511
30U E 607790 N 5828722
Quick Description: A sundial marks the points of the compass and the distances to other battlefields of the Wars of the Roses.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 7/13/2016 1:00:13 PM
Waymark Code: WMRNKG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member pstidsen
Views: 1

Long Description:
A compass rose and integral sundial at a site overlooking the alleged field where the battle of Bosworth Field happened in 1485. A compass rose for the Wars of the Roses.

"Tablets set within the ground around the dial: On the 22nd of August 1485 over a thousand/ men lost their lives on Bosworth Field./ This monument commemorates them and the many/ thousands who were killed during the Wars of the Roses. Early in the morning men prepare their souls and their/ equipment for the forthcoming battle. Sounds of stone on blades and murmured Latin prayers are soon drowned/ out by the din of the drums calling the men to muster. Cannons blasting their shot snatching men from/ the ranks, storms of arrows finding their prey./ The surge of men towards their enemy,/ the ring of steel on steel and the dull thud/ of steel on bone. Spurs rake back in a desperate charge/ with victory in sight, treachery is unleashed. A King falls. Bodies strew the field, blood soaks the ground/ and screams and moans of the injured fill the air./ Away from the carnage a new King is crowned./ God is praised for the unlikely victory/ and the Tudor dynasty begins. The last of the Plantagenet Kings, slung naked/ across a horse. A victor leads his tired army to/ Leicester and a day's deeds are recounted./ The dead King's body is viewed by the masses/ before the Grey Friars put him to rest. Throne: RICHARD III Throne: HENRY TUDOR, EARL OF RICHMOND Throne: THOMAS, LORD STANLEY"

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