YORK-23 Yorkist Knight, The Battle of Bosworth Field
The Battle of Bosworth (or Bosworth Field) was the last significant battle of the Wars of the Roses, the civil war between the Houses of Lancaster and York that raged across England in the latter half of the 15th century. Fought on 22 August 1485, the battle was won by the Lancastrians. Their leader Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, by his victory became the first English monarch of the Tudor dynasty. His opponent, Richard III, the last king of the House of York, was killed in the battle. Historians consider Bosworth Field to mark the end of the Plantagenet dynasty, making it a defining moment of English and Welsh history.
The brutal style of the medieval long sword is one of power and practical efficiency, but one with an artistry all its own. Methodical and practical methods for skillfully using the weapon were practiced for centuries and have survived in manuals from the era.
For the medieval long sword there are essentially 14 recognizable and legitimate fighting postures. They are all guards or “wards” from which to launch an attack or to parry.
There were 5 major stances or guards which were the most popular, the others were considered “secondary” guards or transitional stances , which were primarily parry positions used either for recovery to another guard or for a particular attack or parry.
YORK-23 Knight is sculpted in one of the 5 primary positions, using the “Side Guard” and is countered by LANC-24 using the “Inside Right Guard”.