Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Battle of Towton

The Economist has run an article discussing the site of a medieval battle that took place in Towton, Northern England, and all that can be learned from the skeletons being unearthed:
Towton 25 suffered eight wounds to his head that day. The precise order can be worked out from the direction of fractures on his skull: when bone breaks, the cracks veer towards existing areas of weakness. The first five blows were delivered by a bladed weapon to the left-hand side of his head, presumably by a right-handed opponent standing in front of him. None is likely to have been lethal.
Some interesting stuff there for those involved with writing sword battles.

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