Britain’s Bloodiest Day – The Battle of Towton 1461

David Skillen


Region:
Anywhere
Notice Period:
Regular (more than one month's notice)
Type:
Professional Speaker
Fee:
Paid: £60 within 30 miles of Belper Derbyshire, £70 over 30 miles - I do not charge additional expenses
Category:
History
Updated:
8th January 2018
Tagged:
History | Wars Of The Roses | Medieval History | Military History

Ask people to name famous battles in Britain and you get Hastings, Bosworth and occasionally Waterloo! Yet few have heard of Towton, one of the most decisive battles of the Wars of the Roses and, possibly, the bloodiest battle on British soil. On a bitterly cold day in March 1461 the Houses of York and Lancaster struggled for the Crown on a snow covered plateau in Yorkshire. Here fought Kings, Dukes, Lords and ordinary men. And here they died. In this talk you will learn about the two kings who fought, walk the Bloody Meadow and cross the Bridge of Bodies and see how one Yorkist Lord had “a cunning plan”.

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About David Skillen

David is an engaging and animated professional speaker on a variety of historical subjects. During his 35 years in the Civil Service he ran training programmes on public speaking and spoke to audiences from 5 to 500 people. Since retiring five years ago he has travelled extensively across the UK giving fully illustrated talks to a variety of groups such as, Probus, WI, National Trust and U3A.

Married to Lynn he lives in Belper Derbyshire, where he was also a guide at the famous Belper North Mill for three years. They have travelled extensively across the United States visiting battlefields from the American Civil War as well as the Alamo. He has studied American Civil War in detail for many years. David and Lynn were members of the Towton Battlefield Society when they lived in Yorkshire, hence an interest in the Wars of the Roses. David was also a battlefield guide for the Society for 7 years.

More recently David has expanded his repertoire of talks to include such diverse subjects as The Royal Observer Corps, he was a member of the Corps for 10 years, The Bentley Motor Racing Team of the 1920's and his adopted home town of Belper and its key role in the Industrial Revolution.

What audiences have said about his talks:

“With our knowledge of this bit of history (The Alamo) mostly confined to a John Wayne/Davy Crockett film and song, it was a most entertaining and enlightening morning.”

“Your talk was excellent and my strongest critics have asked for a return visit” – Speaker Secretary

“You can almost smell the gunpowder”.

“I wish you had been my history teacher – I would have listened!”


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