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Location address: United Kingdom, Barnet
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The Battle of Barnet was a decisive engagement in the Wars of the Roses, a dynastic conflict of 15th-century England. The military action, along with the subsequent Battle of Tewkesbury, secured the throne for Edward IV. On 14 April 1471 near Barnet, then a small town north of London, Edward led the House of York in a fight against the House of Lancaster, which backed Henry VI for the throne. Leading the Lancastrian army was Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, who played a crucial role in the fate of each king. Historians regard the battle as one of the most important clashes in the Wars of the Roses, since it brought about a decisive turn in the fortunes of the two houses. Edward’s victory was followed by fourteen years of Yorkist rule over England.
On 14 April 1471 near this spot, the Battle of Barnet was fought, a decisive battle in the War of the Roses. Under cover of darkness, the Yorkists moved close to the Lancastrians, and clashed in a thick fog at dawn. The battle lasted from two to three hours, and was over by the time the fog lifted in the early morning, with the Yorkists triumphant.
An obelisk marks the spot. For more information , visit the nearby Barnet Museum or read the Wikipedia article about the battle.
One of the most decisive and bloody encounters of the Wars of the Roses.