PRESS RELEASE: NEW PUBLICATION

by Helen Cox
(Yorkshire)

WALK WAKEFIELD 1460: A VISITOR GUIDE TO BATTLE-RELATED SITES


Author: Helen Cox
Medieval history/non-fiction
Paperback, 50 pages, 16 colour plates, 8 black-and-white plates, 6 line drawings
Published by Herstory Writing & Interpretation/York Publishing Services, 2011
ISBN 978-0-9565768-1-1 Price: £7.50




Five hundred and fifty years ago, Richard, Duke of York attempted to take the crown from his cousin King Henry VI. The outcome, on 30th December 1460, was one of the most decisive encounters in the Wars of the Roses - the Battle of Wakefield.

Walk Wakefield 1460 tells the story of this fateful winter campaign, from its opening skirmish at Worksop to the grisly aftermath in York, through sites connected with the battle. Each section of the concise illustrated guide features a brief history, directions to the sites (including maps), and up-to-date information on opening times and admission charges for visiting:

Worksop Priory & Castle
Sandal Castle
Duke of York’s Monument
The Battlefield at Wakefield Green
St Mary’s Chantry Chapel
Pontefract Castle
Micklegate Bar & York City Walls

Walk Wakefield 1460 will be available from Waterstones Booksellers Ltd. in Wakefield from 19th March. It can also be ordered directly from York Publishing Services through their website www.YPD-books.com or by phoning 01904 431213.

WALK WAKEFIELD 1460: A VISITOR GUIDE TO BATTLE-RELATED SITES

PUBLICATION LAUNCH & SIGNING SESSION:

WATERSTONES BOOKSELLERS LTD., RIDINGS SHOPPING CENTRE, WAKEFIELD

SATURDAY 19TH MARCH 2011, 11am – 1pm


If you’re interested in Wakefield’s medieval history, come along to Waterstones in the Ridings Centre on Saturday 19th March. Local author Helen Cox and her husband Mick Doggett will be there in 15th century costume to sign copies of Helen’s first book, The Battle of Wakefield Revisited, and launch her latest publication, Walk Wakefield 1460: A Visitor Guide to Battle-Related Sites.

Helen says, “Ever since I moved here in 2005 I’ve been fascinated by the Battle of Wakefield. And there are some amazing places associated with the campaign - so I wrote this little guidebook to help other people who might like to visit them and follow in the Duke of York’s footsteps.

‘The Duke’s death at Wakefield was a direct cause of the great battle at Towton on March 29th 1461 - so I’m delighted that Walk Wakefield has appeared in time for its 550th anniversary, and very grateful to Waterstones for hosting this launch.”

You can also get signed copies of both Helen’s books at the Friends of Sandal Castle Open Meeting at Sandal Castle Visitor Centre on Saturday March 26th, when she will be speaking alongside popular author Keith Souter on ‘Sandal Castle in Fact and Fiction’.



For further information, see Helen’s website
www.helencox-herstorywriting.co.uk


Helen Cox, March 2011
Tel. 01924 255969
Email helen@herstory.eclipse.co.uk

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