Remembering Towton Battle: Friday Fictioneers

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“Lord Towton I just adore your house and that sculpture.” The American tourist pointed to the large chain mail upside down helmet.

“Thats a memorial to the downed men of  Towton Battle. Come see the dining room.” They entered a large room. A beautiful carved oak table seating thirty overwhelmed the room but all eyes went to the deep holes excavated in the floor.  “Towton Battlefield.  Won the War of the Roses for Edward IV. Seventy five thousand dead. Probably most reluctant. Right on top of the battlefield we are. We’re never short for a conversation topic during dinner.”

Thank you to our host for Friday fictioneers  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields    and thank you also for providing the photo prompt to Douglas M MacIlroy.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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54 Responses to Remembering Towton Battle: Friday Fictioneers

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Lord Towton might be just a wee bit obsessive

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  2. ceayr says:

    Jings, Irene, this is a bit bloody, you killed off more folk today than I have in 5 years!
    Good story, and interesting topic for dinner, hmm.

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  3. jillyfunnell says:

    That subject would kill the conversation for me! Good story. I could “see” the carvings and the holes.

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  4. Eek! I think I’d be a bit worried about living in a house built over a battlefield, but I suppose Lord Towton is happy if it draws in the tourists! Great story, Irene.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  5. Wow! Seventy-five thousand, with blades and axes. Quite the memorial!

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  6. Dear Irene,

    It’s already interesting to see where this prompt is taking people. Quite a story. Well done.



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  7. yarnspinnerr says:

    A historical hyperbole. Interesting take.

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  8. Lynn Love says:

    Oh, the Battle of Towton – supposedly the bloodiest battle on English soil. A chilling moment in history and a fitting tribute here, Irene

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  9. Iain Kelly says:

    A grisly dinner!

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  10. granonine says:

    The sad thing is that we often glibly discuss the loss of life as we consume a delicious meal. War is, has always been, always will be, a topic.

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  11. Dale says:

    History and dinner, all rolled into one. As long as the guests don’t add to the list of the dead!

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  12. pennygadd51 says:

    That’s an original take on the prompt! Quite a nightmarish vision you’ve conjured up!

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  13. Sandra says:

    Inspirational take on the prompt, Irene. Well done.

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  14. Liz Young says:

    Dinner parties there must be a laugh a minute.

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  15. Oh! Don’t invite me to dinner but I would like a short tour. Now, off to read more about Towton.

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  16. I really liked your take on this, Irene. Very entertaining.

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  17. Moon says:

    What a man!
    Thanks for the heads-up. I would just feign sickness if they ever send a dinner invitation.
    Great story, Irene.

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  18. lisarey1990 says:

    Great story and I learned some history here too.

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  19. 75000 souls coming up to sit and chat whenever they felt like it might be a bit overwhelming for the guests, as well as the hosts 🙂

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  20. Well written and alarmingly informative, I had no knowledge of this

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  21. A history lovers decor!

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  22. gahlearner says:

    Now that is a dinner conversation I could do without… the number of teh slain is staggering. Great take, Irene, I knew nothing about this.

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  23. Ouch.. eating on top of a graveyard I feel

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  24. Sarah Ann says:

    Towton has such a greta voice – matter-of-fact, pompous, privileged. The thought of eating dinner above all those graves and having something to talk about is priceless.

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  25. athling2001 says:

    Not sure I would want to eat there. Well done.

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