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The Battle of Mortimers Cross

Posted by
Nigel (Avening, United Kingdom) on 26 October 2012 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

This guy is the surgeon - great actor ! I've copied below the details I originally posted ..........
Re-enactment of The Battle of Mortimers Cross in 1461 at Hampton Court near HEREFORD.
A brief summary :
After spending Christmas in Gloucester, Edward, Earl of March heard of his father’s death and started preparations to fall back on London. But then, news of the Earl of Pembroke’s hostile army caused him to change his plans. In order to block Pembroke’s advance and stop him from joining up with Queen Margaret’s main army, Edward marched north with his five thousand men to Mortimer’s Cross where he crossed the River Lugg and drew up in battle order. It was still early morning when Edward arrived and as dawn broke on 2 Febuary, 1461 a strange meteorological phenomenon called a parhelion occurred: three suns were seen to be rising. Edward declared it to be a sign from God of victory and later took it as his emblem, ‘the Sunne in Splendour’.
The Lancastrian army was only about four thousand strong and did not originally want to engage the Yorkists. At about midday, perceiving they had no choice but to fight if they wished to cross the Lugg, the Lancastrians went on the offensive and attacked. The Earl of Wiltshire’s ‘battle’ (division) led the first assault, and pushed the men of Edward’s right wing straight back across the road, where they broke and scattered. Pembroke the engaged Edward’s center but was repelled and when Owen Tudor tried to encircle the Yorkist left wing his ‘battle’ was routed. Edward then repelled Pembroke a second time and the battle was won. By this time Owen Tudor’s men were already in full flight. The remnants of his men were pursued a full seventeen miles to Hereford where Tudor himself was captured and executed.
In total four thousand men are said to have died. The battle was certainly bloody if this is the case, as the two armies combined came to just nine thousand souls…

Canon EOS 7D 1/320 second F/5.0 ISO 250 70 mm

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DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Many handsome expressive portraits in this series...and this is another one of them. Terrific !

26 Oct 2012 5:31am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Omg! Great impression of vengeance captured

26 Oct 2012 5:37am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Avec ces crânes quel regard et portrait quelle vue sueprbe.


26 Oct 2012 5:44am

Philippe from Paris, France

Ouaouhhh, quel regard !!! Beau portrait.

26 Oct 2012 6:14am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

He looks a little cross at having his photo taken:)

26 Oct 2012 7:16am

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Not very smiling surgeon, I would not want to fall into his hands, and the two cranes are not reassuring. An excellent photo.
Have a good day

26 Oct 2012 7:19am

Hossein Saharnaz from Ahvaz, Iran

very good...he is telling by his eyes

26 Oct 2012 7:40am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Quel regard, vaut mieux pas aller l'embêter ce brave homme :) Bonne journée.

26 Oct 2012 7:57am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Great portrait, he looks like he's doing his best to give you an expressive look.

26 Oct 2012 8:18am

k@ from Paris, France

What a deep stare, neat.

26 Oct 2012 8:30am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Another great portrait Nigel, I wonder what he does in his real life - shot putter?

26 Oct 2012 8:42am

Tomix from landerneau, France

great portrait! impressive stare!

26 Oct 2012 9:28am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Wonderfully stern portrait and good documentary background, I can't think that the little stream at Hampton Court is a proper stand in for the Lugg though:)

26 Oct 2012 9:49am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales Boy), Germany

A bloke that was much in need after the battle.Did you get to see the battle re-enactment as well ?

26 Oct 2012 10:10am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

:-) ..Super look !! A beautiful portrait !

26 Oct 2012 10:18am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Yep, he's right in character! This series is outstanding

26 Oct 2012 11:24am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

cracking shot - he looks a little miffed, are those skulls the remains of his last three patients?

26 Oct 2012 11:48am

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

A very expressive face, another great portrait Nigel!

26 Oct 2012 1:10pm

Mamyni from Argenteau-Visé, Belgium

Two beautiful black eyes look at me… a very expressive portrait

26 Oct 2012 1:15pm

Martine from bousval, Belgium

TRès beau portrait bien saisi l'expression du visage!!!!

26 Oct 2012 1:21pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Ein weiteres sehr gutes Portrait.

26 Oct 2012 4:31pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

You have captured a terrific expression in this portrait. WIsh I could take great portraits like you do.

26 Oct 2012 7:01pm

franz from Baden, Austria

very appealing portrait once again! i wonder whose side he was on ... ;-))

26 Oct 2012 7:35pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great character portrait and expression with nice subtle lighting!

26 Oct 2012 8:35pm

Moein from Tehran, Iran

nice framing

26 Oct 2012 9:03pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

the evil eye. well done

26 Oct 2012 10:36pm

Baldwin from Venezuela

Another fabulous portrait !!! ...but this look is almost frightening ;-)))

26 Oct 2012 10:54pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow! Great portrait! Great expression. A lot of drama with those skulls and surgical implements in the foreground. Wonderful image!

26 Oct 2012 11:00pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Giving you the eye....nice portrait

29 Oct 2012 5:45am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A cool portrait.

29 Oct 2012 5:07pm

Canon EOS 7D
1/320 second
ISO 250
70 mm