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Battle of Myton
Myton is very poorly served by battlefield studies. Apart from the unpublished English Heritage report, the only other study of value is Leadman’s short chapter on the battle, but his quotes are not always adequately referenced and his interpretations not always separated from primary evidence. As usual the getmapping aerial photograph is of value although in this case it covers too small an area, in particular omitting Myton village and its environs.
- English Heritage, Battlefield Report: Myton-on Swale 1319, English Heritage, 1995.
- English Heritage, Register of Historic Battlefields, London English Heritage, 1995-.
- Getmapping, British Battles: Amazing Views, 2002., 32-3
- Guest and Guest, British Battles, 1996., 34-5
- Leadman, Battles fought in Yorkshire, 1891., 26-31
- Marix Evans, The Military Heritage of Britain & Ireland, 1998., 153
- Cummins, Forgotten fights, Leeds, 1900. – not consulted
The contemporary accounts of the battle are as good as those for most 14th century battles. There are five main sources:
Brut or the Chronicles of England: Compiled until 1333 and originally in French, this chronicle was translated into English in the late 14th century. Here presented in modernised English.
Life of Edward II: probably completed prior to 1326.
Lanercost Chronicle: compiled at the time, in Lanercost Abbey, Cumbria.
Anonimalle Chronicle: written in about 1350 at St Mary’s Abbey, York, this is a shorter version of the Brut.
The Bruce: The only Scottish account of the battle, written by the Archdeacon of Aberdeen in 1375. Here it is translated from the Scottish vernacular. Because written more than 50 years after the battle and his need to make the lines rhyme, the accuracy of the detail may be questioned, but it does provide what may be significant additional information.
St Albans Chronicle: written after 1330.