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Dr John Morewood describes a major battle in St Albans. The Museum and Gallery exhibition created in collaboration with the St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society (StAlbansHistory.org) looks at the people involved, the implications for St Albans and the far reaching consequences of this forgotten battle in the Wars of the Roses. February 1461, like the war in Ukraine today, was a major power struggle. The parallels with Ukraine are clear. Strategy beat technology, agility beat stubborn inaction, and the people suffered for years afterwards.
This video sets the scene at least for the village of St Michaels on the outskirts of St Albans. The large Lancastrian army unexpectedly advanced through St Michaels. Other videos in this series show the view today from other battle locations. The exhibition illustrates with original and replica artifacts what war was like in 1461, who were the protagonists and what it meant for those living in St Albans. Some consequences we still experience today.