By , Warwick had formed an alliance with Edward's jealous and treacherous brother George, who married Isabel Neville in defiance of Edward's wishes in Calais. They raised an army that defeated the king's forces at the Battle of Edgecote Moor. Warwick briefly had two Kings of England in his custody.
However, he made no immediate move to have Edward declared illegitimate and place George on the throne. Edward was escorted to London by Warwick's brother George Neville , the Archbishop of York , where he and Warwick were reconciled, to outward appearances. When further rebellions broke out in Lincolnshire , Edward easily suppressed them at the Battle of Losecoat Field.
From the testimony of the captured leaders, he declared that Warwick and George, Duke of Clarence, had instigated them. They were declared traitors and forced to flee to France, where Margaret of Anjou was already in exile. Louis XI of France , who wished to forestall a hostile alliance between Edward and Edward's brother-in-law Charles the Bold , Duke of Burgundy , suggested the idea of an alliance between Warwick and Margaret. Neither of those two formerly mortal enemies entertained the notion at first, but eventually they were brought round to realise the potential benefits.
However, both were undoubtedly hoping for different outcomes: Warwick for a puppet king in the form of Henry VI or his young son; Margaret to be able to reclaim her family's realm. In any case, a marriage was arranged between Warwick's daughter Anne and Margaret's son Edward of Westminster, and Warwick invaded England in the autumn of Edward IV had already marched north to suppress another uprising in Yorkshire.
Warwick, with help from a fleet under his nephew, the Bastard of Fauconberg , landed at Dartmouth and rapidly secured support from the southern counties and ports. Warwick's brother John Neville, who had recently received the empty title Marquess of Montagu and who led large armies in the Scottish marches, suddenly defected to Warwick. Edward was unprepared for this event and had to order his army to scatter.
They were proclaimed traitors, and many exiled Lancastrians returned to reclaim their estates. Warwick's success was short-lived, however. He over-reached himself with his plan to invade Burgundy in alliance with the King of France, tempted by King Louis' promise of territory in the Netherlands as a reward. This led Edward's brother-in-law, Charles of Burgundy, to provide funds and troops to Edward to enable him to launch an invasion of England in Edward landed with a small force at Ravenspur on the Yorkshire coast.
Initially claiming to support Henry and to be seeking only to have his title of Duke of York restored, he soon gained the city of York and rallied several supporters. His brother George turned traitor again, abandoning Warwick. Having outmaneuvered Warwick and Montagu, Edward captured London. His army then met Warwick's at the Battle of Barnet. The battle was fought in thick fog, and some of Warwick's men attacked each other by mistake.
It was believed by all that they had been betrayed, and Warwick's army fled. Warwick was cut down trying to reach his horse.
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Montagu was also killed in the battle. Margaret and her son Edward had landed in the West Country only a few days before the Battle of Barnet. Rather than return to France, Margaret sought to join the Lancastrian supporters in Wales and marched to cross the Severn but was thwarted when the city of Gloucester refused her passage across the river. Her army, commanded by the fourth successive Duke of Somerset , was brought to battle and destroyed at the Battle of Tewkesbury. Her son Prince Edward, the Lancastrian heir to the throne, was killed.
With no heirs to succeed him, Henry VI was murdered shortly afterwards, on 21 May , to strengthen the Yorkist hold on the throne. The restoration of Edward IV in is sometimes seen as marking the end of the Wars of the Roses proper. Peace was restored for the remainder of Edward's reign. His youngest brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester , and Edward's lifelong companion and supporter, William Hastings , were generously rewarded for their loyalty, becoming effectively governors of the north and midlands respectively.
When Edward died suddenly in , political and dynastic turmoil erupted again. Many of the nobles still resented the influence of the queen's Woodville relatives her brother, Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers and her son by her first marriage, Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset , and regarded them as power-hungry upstarts ' parvenus '. At the time of Edward's premature death, his heir, Edward V , was only 12 years old and had been brought up under the stewardship of Earl Rivers at Ludlow Castle. On his deathbed, Edward had named his surviving brother Richard of Gloucester as Protector of England.
Richard had been in the north when Edward died. Hastings, who also held the office of Lord Chamberlain , sent word to him to bring a strong force to London to counter any force the Woodvilles might muster. Although they dined with Rivers amicably, they took him prisoner the next day, and declared to Edward that they had done so to forestall a conspiracy by the Woodvilles against his life. Elizabeth Woodville had already gone hastily into sanctuary at Westminster with her remaining children, although preparations were being made for Edward V to be crowned on 22 June, at which point Richard's authority as Protector would end.
On 13 June, Richard held a full meeting of the Council, at which he accused Hastings and others of conspiracy against him. Hastings was executed without trial later in the day. Having secured the boys, Robert Stillington , Bishop of Bath and Wells then alleged that Edward IV's marriage to Elizabeth Woodville had been illegal and that the two boys were therefore illegitimate.
The two imprisoned boys, known as the " Princes in the Tower ", disappeared and are assumed to have been murdered. There was never a trial or judicial inquest on the matter. Perkin Warbeck claimed he was the younger of the Princes from and was recognised as such by Richard's sister, the Duchess of Burgundy. Having been crowned in a lavish ceremony on 6 July, Richard then proceeded on a tour of the Midlands and the north of England, dispensing generous bounties and charters and naming his own son as the Prince of Wales.
Opposition to Richard's rule had already begun in the south when, on 18 October, the Duke of Buckingham who had been instrumental in placing Richard on the throne and who himself had a distant claim to the crown led a revolt aimed at installing the Lancastrian Henry Tudor. It has been argued that his supporting Tudor rather than either Edward V or his younger brother, showed Buckingham was aware that both were already dead.
John Beaufort had been illegitimate at birth, though later legitimised by the marriage of his parents. It had supposedly been a condition of the legitimation that the Beaufort descendants forfeited their rights to the crown.
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Henry had spent much of his childhood under siege in Harlech Castle or in exile in Brittany. After , Edward IV had preferred to belittle Henry's pretensions to the crown, and made only sporadic attempts to secure him.
However his mother, Margaret Beaufort, had been twice remarried, first to Buckingham's uncle, and then to Thomas, Lord Stanley , one of Edward's principal officers, and continually promoted her son's rights. Buckingham's rebellion failed. Some of his supporters in the south rose up prematurely, thus allowing Richard's Lieutenant in the South, the Duke of Norfolk , to prevent many rebels from joining forces.
Buckingham himself raised a force at Brecon in mid-Wales. He was prevented from crossing the River Severn to join other rebels in the south of England by storms and floods, which also prevented Henry Tudor landing in the West Country. Buckingham's starving forces deserted and he was betrayed and executed. The failure of Buckingham's revolt was clearly not the end of the plots against Richard, who could never again feel secure, and who also suffered the loss of his wife and eleven-year-old son , putting the future of the Yorkist dynasty in doubt.
Many of Buckingham's defeated supporters and other disaffected nobles fled to join Henry Tudor in exile. Richard made an attempt to bribe the Duke of Brittany's chief Minister Pierre Landais to betray Henry, but Henry was warned and escaped to France, where he was again given sanctuary and aid. Confident that many magnates and even many of Richard's officers would join him, Henry set sail from Harfleur on 1 August , with a force of exiles and French mercenaries.
With fair winds, he landed in Pembrokeshire six days later and the officers Richard had appointed in Wales either joined Henry or stood aside. Richard was slain during the battle, supposedly by the major Welsh landowner Rhys ap Thomas with a blow to the head from his poleaxe. Rhys was knighted three days later by Henry VII. Henry merged the rival symbols of the red rose of Lancaster and the white rose of York into the new emblem of the red and white Tudor Rose. Henry later shored up his position by executing a number of other claimants, a policy his son Henry VIII continued.
Others argue that they continued to the end of the fifteenth century, as there were several plots to overthrow Henry and restore Yorkist claimants. The conspirators produced a pretender, a boy named Lambert Simnel , who resembled the young Edward, Earl of Warwick son of George of Clarence , the best surviving male claimant of the House of York. The imposture was shaky, because the young earl was still alive and in King Henry's custody and was paraded through London to expose the impersonation.
Lincoln died in the battle. Simnel was pardoned for his part in the rebellion and was sent to work in the royal kitchens. Henry's throne was challenged again in , with the appearance of the pretender Perkin Warbeck , who claimed he was Richard, Duke of York the younger of the two Princes in the Tower. Warbeck made several attempts to incite revolts, with support at various times from the court of Burgundy and James IV of Scotland. He was captured after the failed Second Cornish uprising of and killed in , after attempting to escape from prison.
Warwick was also executed, rendering the male-line of the House of York and by extension the whole Plantagenet dynasty extinct. To an extent, England's break with Rome was prompted by Henry's fears of a disputed succession, should he leave only a female heir to the throne or an infant who would be as vulnerable as Henry VI had been to antagonistic or rapacious regents. Historians debate the extent of impact the wars had on medieval English life.
The classical view is that the many casualties among the nobility continued the changes in feudal English society caused by the effects of the Black Death. These included a weakening of the feudal power of the nobles and an increase in the power of the merchant classes, and the growth of a centralised monarchy under the Tudors. The wars heralded the end of the medieval period in England and the movement towards the Renaissance.
After the wars the large standing baronial armies that had helped fuel the conflict were suppressed. Henry VII, wary of any further fighting, kept the barons on a very tight leash, removing their right to raise, arm and supply armies of retainers so that they could not make war on each other or the king. The military power of individual barons declined, and the Tudor court became a place where baronial squabbles were decided with the influence of the monarch.
Revisionists, such as the Oxford historian K. McFarlane , suggest that the effects of the conflicts have been greatly exaggerated and that there were no wars of the roses. The effect of the wars on the merchant and labouring classes was far less than in the long drawn-out wars of siege and pillage in Europe, which were carried out by mercenaries who profited from long wars. Although there were some lengthy sieges, such as those of Harlech Castle and Bamburgh Castle , these were in comparatively remote and less populous regions.
In the populated areas, both factions had much to lose by the ruin of the country and sought quick resolution of the conflict by pitched battle. The realm of England enjoys one favour above all other realms, that neither the countryside nor the people are destroyed, nor are buildings burnt or demolished.
Misfortune falls on soldiers and nobles in particular Exceptions to this claimed general rule were the Lancastrian looting of Ludlow after the largely bloodless Yorkist defeat at Ludford Bridge in , and the widespread pillaging carried out by Queen Margaret's unpaid army as it advanced south in early Both events inspired widespread opposition to the Queen, and support for the Yorkists. Many areas did little or nothing to change their city defences, perhaps an indication that they were left untouched by the wars. City walls were either left in their ruinous state or only partially rebuilt. In the case of London, the city was able to avoid being devastated by convincing the York and Lancaster armies to stay out after the inability to recreate the defensive city walls.
Few noble houses were extinguished during the wars; in the period from to , before the outbreak of the wars, there were as many extinctions of noble lines from natural causes 25 as occurred during the fighting 24 from to The kings of France and Scotland and the dukes of Burgundy played the two factions off against each other, pledging military and financial aid and offering asylum to defeated nobles and pretenders, to prevent a strong and unified England from making war on them.
The above-listed individuals with well-defined sides are coloured with red borders for Lancastrians and blue for Yorkists The Kingmaker, his relatives and George Plantagenet changed sides, so they are represented with a purple border. Sources:   . The hinge point in the succession dispute is the forced abdication of Richard II and whether it was lawful or not. Following that event, Richard's legitimate successor would be Henry Bolingbroke if strict Salic inheritance were adhered to, or Anne Mortimer if male-preference primogeniture , which eventually became the standard form of succession until the Succession to the Crown Act , were adhered to.
Following defeat in the Hundred Years' War , English landowners complained vociferously about the financial losses resulting from the loss of their continental holdings; this is often considered a contributory cause of the Wars of the Roses. At the end of the Hundred Years' War large numbers of unemployed soldiery returned to England seeking employment in the growing armies of local nobility.
England drifted toward misrule and violence under the weak governance as local noble families like the Nevilles and Percies increasingly relied on their feudal retainers to settle disputes. It became common practice for landowners to bind their mesnie knights to their service with annual payments.
Edward III had developed the contract system where the monarch entered into formal written contracts called indenture with experienced captains who were contractually obliged to provide an agreed upon number of men, at established rates for a given period. Frequently the landed nobility acted the principal or main contractor. Knights, men at arms and archers were often sub-contracted.
Skilled archers could command as high a wage as knights. Support for each house largely depended upon dynastic factors, such as blood relationships, marriages within the nobility and the grants or confiscations of feudal titles and lands. Given the conflicting loyalties of blood, marriage and ambition, it was not uncommon for nobles to switch sides; several battles such as Northampton and Bosworth were decided by treachery.
The armies consisted of nobles' contingents of men-at-arms, with companies of archers and foot-soldiers such as billmen. There were sometimes contingents of foreign mercenaries, armed with cannon or handguns. The horsemen were generally restricted to "prickers" and "scourers"; i.
Much like their campaigns in France, it was customary for the English gentry to fight entirely on foot. It was often claimed that the nobles faced greater risks than the ordinary soldiers as there was little incentive for anyone to take prisoner any high-ranking noble during or immediately after a battle. During the Hundred Years' War against France, a captured noble would be able to ransom himself for a large sum but in the Wars of the Roses, a captured noble who belonged to a defeated faction had a high chance of being executed as a traitor.
Forty-two captured knights were executed after the Battle of Towton. King Edward told me in all the battles which he had won, as soon as he had gained victory, he mounted his horse and shouted to his men that they must spare the common soldiers and kill the lords, of whom none or few escaped. Even those who escaped execution might be declared attainted therefore possess no property and be of no value to a captor.
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The Earl's guard are in a mail from neck to heel, and carry halberds. He has also a number of horse, some of whom know how to break a lance. They all ride admirably, without saddle or stirrup. His discomfyture and losse may bee right hurtfull; the moost part of theym that overthrew him bee Irishmen; and I feare it shall cause theyme to wex the more prowder, and also shall cause other Irishmen to take pride therin, setting the less by Englishmen. The Earl died at Dingle, 18th June , and was buried with his father at Tralee.
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