I was just watching a section of Flog It! which dealt with the Battle of Towton, an important battle in the Wars of the Roses. The Yorkists won, the Lancastrians lost. Made me wonder which side my ancestors were on, so I found the Battle Roll of the Nobles who were there. http://www.richard111.com/roll_call_of_Towton.htm
Knowing I have noble lines, I looked for the men I am descended from. I presume that since they were there, it means that at least some of the commoners I am descended from, though unrecorded, were also there, with their lords.
I found some names on The Yorkist side:
|Beauchamp, Burgh of Lincolnshire, Conyers of Durham and Yorkshire,
|De La Pole, Devereaux, Dinham, FitzAlan, Neville, Norreys, Stafford, Stonor,
but there were more on the Lancastrian side:
Percy, Alderley, Arundel, Beaumont, Clifford, COurtenay, Gorges, Holland, Hungerford, Luttrell, Percy,
Roos, Scudamore,Tallboys, Tempest, Vaux, Wentworth,
These are just the names I am sure of. There are others I can't quite
remember if they were on the tree or not. So there were lots of my
ancestors there, on both sides, both noble and common.
What a waste of life.