Thursday, 22 November 2012

Personal Retort to Robert Ilett!!!

Firstly may I state that there was no Battle of Worksop. Contemporary records refer to an ‘encounter’ and a ‘skirmish’ when the Yorkist vanguard met up with a Lancastrian patrol in the days before The Battle of Wakefield. The description as a battle seems to arise from a hyperbolic description by a member of a local history society a few years ago. The clash took place in December 1460 when Richard of Gloucester, the future King Richard III was eight years old and so it was plainly not possible for him to have ‘fought the battle of Worksop’ as stated by the MP in your last edition.

Worksop Guardian http://www.worksopguardian.co.uk/community/readers-letters/richard-has-no-connections-here-1-5135437

I'd like to point out the following facts to Mr Ilett:
1) The name Battle of Worksop has been used in several books prior to the article I wrote so I did not come up with that name

2) I'm not hyperbolic, a little eccentric maybe 

3) there is no definitive number of dead for the 'battle' so it cannot be proved whether it was a skimish or full on bloodbath, there is only one surviving contemporary account only gives it a brief mention and doesn't give numbers. No-one knows where the bodies were buried/dumped. If the encounter was so small it is unlikely it would have even been mentioned as encounters were commonplace and hardly worth mentioning. Other accounts may have been destroyed either in the revenge carried out by the Lancastrians (such as the Croyland Chronicles) or during the reformation when many books were burnt.

4) Other historians agree this encounter may have had a significant affect on the Battle of Wakefield. 

Perhaps Mr Ilett should concentrate on his cases rather than belittling myself and other people who regard Worksop's history as actually being important!

Dave Cook

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