HOUSE Of LANCASTER
A diehard Lancastrian, the Duke of Somerset had been imprisoned by the Yorkists for several years before escaping overseas. He returned to England in 1470 to assist the restoration of Henry VI.
Strengths Loyalty to the Lancastrian dynasty, a favourite at the court of the duke of Burgundy Weaknesses Militarily experienced but frequently unsuccessful in battle, particularly in command
Longbowmen were a key feature of every English army during the late medieval period and were used on both sides during the Wars of the Roses. Strengths Extremely accurate archery. Rapid loosing of arrows Weaknesses Vulnerable to opposing archers
The longbow was Welsh in origin and had been used to great effect by the English during the Hundred Years’ War. Every Englishman was required to train on the longbow from a young age, so archers were often highly skilled. Strengths Cheap to produce. Deadly against armoured infantry and cavalry Weaknesses Required years of training. Bowstrings were vulnerable to rainfall