HOUSE Of YORK
By May 1471 Edward had spent years fighting for and defending his crown against the Lancastrians. Tewkesbury was to be the final reckoning for the throne of England.
Strengths Physically imposing, highly experienced, undefeated in battle Weaknesses Edward had only recently won the Battle of Barnet and had exhaustedly pursued the Lancastrians across the kingdom
Edward IV hid a reserve of 200 spearmen at Tewkesbury to surprise the Lancastrians if they attacked.
Strengths Easy to hide, quick to deploy Weaknesses Designed to be deployed as a reserve during an emergency
Cannons played an increasingly important part during the Wars of the Roses and Yorkist guns had a significant impact on the Lancastrian lines. Strengths Capable of firing barrages with a significant psychological impact Weaknesses With some projectiles weighing up to several hundreds of pounds the cannons were heavy, cumbersome and extremely slow to load and fire