Discover the setting for ‘The White Queen’

Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

See where the penultimate battle Wars of the Roses happened at Tewkesbury,discovering the story behind Philippa Gregory’s ‘The White Queen’.

Internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings the tumult and intrigue of the War of the Roses to vivid life through the women of the House of Lancaster and the House of York, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen. Tewkesbury was host to royalty of the past when the penutimate, and decisive battle of the War of the Roses took place in 1471.

Pick up a Battle Trail map at the tourist information centre and prepare to relive the medieval times of war, stopping by Tewkesbury Abbey where beheadings took place after the battle was won.

Also visit the Heritage Centre for a fabulous history of medieval Tewkesbury and the battle itself. The battle is re-enacted in July every year where thousands of re-enactors get together and fight it out. The result is always the same, but it's always fantastic to watch.

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