battle of Bosworth

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Richard III's usurpation of the throne of Edward V was challenged by Henry Tudor, the future Henry VII. Henry landed at Milford Haven. Richard concentrated his forces at Leicester where he could watch events. The armies met on 22 August near Market Bosworth. Richard chose a strong position on Ambien hill, but his considerable superiority in numbers was offset by the defection of Lord Stanley. Richard was cut down fighting on foot and his body slung on horseback for burial at Grey Friars, in Leicester.

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