Common soldier "willing to die" at Bosworth field

A 15th century will from the Norfolk Record Office, one of few records of common soldiers, was left by Thomas Longe who was "willing to die" for King Richard III at Bosworth Field.

"He [Longe] was part of the Earl of Norfolk's army which was right at the front of the 'Yorkist' four, so he was one of the first people in the battle," said John Simpson-Wedge, historian at Norwich Castle. "Because he wasn't a professional he probably didn't own any armour. The thing he most likely relied on was his own weapon and his wits."