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    Today, the 14th April, in 1471 saw the death in battle of one of Medieval England’s greatest men: Richard Neville, Warwick the Kingmaker. He was killed at the Battle of St Albans fighting against the King he put on the throne, Edward IV, one of the great warrior kings.
    Richard Neville was born in 1428 titled and wealthy, but it was his marriage to Warwick’s daughter that made him the richest in the land. And he was ambitious. He had worked with the Duke of York to remove the mentally unsuited  Henry VI from the throne in the Wars of the Roses from 1455-1461. That is when the discontent began. He felt slighted by the King, he believed he had put in the throne. Matters only got worse when Edward married, not Warwick’s daughter, but an older and formerly married, Elizabeth Woodville. Her relations started getting top positions and Warwick decided to act.
    In 1470 he placed the former feeble minded  King Henry on the throne(he had been imprisoned until now). Edward fled the country, to return in 1471 and defeat Warwick(Edward never lost a battle). The battle went wrong for Warwick when his ally, Oxford,  mistakenly opened fire on his brother. Shouts of “treason” sent men fleeing rearward. Warwick, horseless, was surrounded, his visor opened with an axe and a sword plunged in.
    He was allowed a proper burial in an abbey, but Henry VIII’s reforms meant his tomb and remains were lost.

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    Today, the 14th April, in 1471 saw the death in battle of one of Medieval England’s greatest men: Richard Neville, Warwick the Kingmaker. He was killed at the Battle of St Albans fighting against the King he put on the throne, Edward IV, one of the great warrior kings.
    Richard Neville was born in 1428 titled and wealthy, but it was his marriage to Warwick’s daughter that made him the richest in the land. And he was ambitious. He had worked with the Duke of York to remove the mentally unsuited  Henry VI from the throne in the Wars of the Roses from 1455-1461. That is when the discontent began. He felt slighted by the King, he believed he had put in the throne. Matters only got worse when Edward married, not Warwick’s daughter, but an older and formerly married, Elizabeth Woodville. Her relations started getting top positions and Warwick decided to act.
    In 1470 he placed the former feeble minded  King Henry on the throne(he had been imprisoned until now). Edward fled the country, to return in 1471 and defeat Warwick(Edward never lost a battle). The battle went wrong for Warwick when his ally, Oxford,  mistakenly opened fire on his brother. Shouts of “treason” sent men fleeing rearward. Warwick, horseless, was surrounded, his visor opened with an axe and a sword plunged in.
    He was allowed a proper burial in an abbey, but Henry VIII’s reforms meant his tomb and remains were lost.

    I’m an amature when it comes to in-depth historical history but I liked this post Witt! It’s been a while but I love Tudor era history and the period before and after thier Dynasty. Good post.

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