Signet ring found at the Towton battlefield engraved with the Lancastrian Percy family signet. The Battle of Towton was fought on 29 March 1461 in Yorkshire. It was the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil. According to chroniclers, more than 50,000 soldiers from the Houses of York and Lancaster fought for hours amid a snowstorm. Between 28,000 and 30,000 men died. The engagement was a major victory for the Yorkists; Edward IV displaced Henry VI as King of England.
This is a map of Calais, slightly too late for my purposes, in two senses, but fascinating, nonetheless. It shows what was once called Newnham, now called Nieulay, as the fort to the south of the town where they had the sluice gates. If they shut them, then the river would flood the marshes and no one could come anywhere near the walls of the town itself. Cunning, non?
This is York from the south, drawn by Edwin Ridsdale Tate in 1914, showing the city as he - a noted antiquarian - imagined it might have looked in the 1400s. Thomas and Katherine have been there before, of course, in Broken Faith, so they know what to expect, but I had not seen this before, and so I too know a little more clearly what they will find.