Medieval Warfare … Yup, It Was Bad

[The Economist has a nice write-up]( of the work of archeologists to piece together the Battle of Towton. Trolling through Towton’s mass graves — contemporary accounts estimated the death toll at 28,000, they have pieced together the ages of the men in the battle — from 17 to 50 — and how they died — nastily.

> The soldier now known as Towton 25 had survived battle before. A healed skull fracture points to previous engagements. He was old enough—somewhere between 36 and 45 when he died—to have gained plenty of experience of fighting. But on March 29th 1461, his luck ran out.