The final battle of the War of the Roses took place on this day in British history, June 16, 1487. Known as the Battle of Stoke Field, the forces of King Henry VII defeated the forces led by Yorkist pretender Lambert Simnel. In a show of mercy, Henry pardoned Simnel for his part in the Yorkist cause and gave him a job turning the spit in the royal kitchen. The portrait above depicts King Henry VII.