Edward IV's Second Reign 1471 - 1483

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  • Edward's Second Reign 1471 - 1483
    • Finance
      • Paid off his debts by 1478
      • "To die solvent was something no other English king had achieved for more than two hundred years." - Ross
      • 1476-1482 the revenue of the Duchy of Lancaster rose from £347 - £885 under Lord Stanley
      • A third act of Resumption passed 1473
      • Successful clampdown on piracy
      • Trade treaties with the Hanseatic League, France and Burgundy
      • Treaty of Picquigny 1475 brought a French pension of £10, 000
    • Law and Order
      • Failure to discipline his own supporters
      • Reluctance to punish Harringtons who seized Hornby castle
      • 1478 Vaughans captured Pembroke castle
      • Cornwall well known for its disturbances
    • Political Stability
      • Hastings and members of the royal family created a "vast royal affinity" in the South
      • Gloucester ruled in the North
      • Had Clarence condemned for treason and executed
        • Thought to be behind the Cambridgeshire rising 1477
        • Unjust executions of two men falsely accused of poisoning Clarence's son
        • Carpenter argues that this greater increased the nobility's respect for him and made him a "man to be reckoned with"
    • Edward's Death
      • Quarrels between Hastings and Lord Rivers
        • Fatally exploited by Richard
      • gave too much power to Gloucester in the North
      • Earl Rivers governor of the prince
      • Woodville coup of getting Edward crowned early
      • However Richard had been previously loyal and there is no evidence of Woodvilles vs Gloucester before 1483
    • Foreign Policy
      • Invasion of France failed to deliver victories
      • Burgundy proved an unreliable ally
      • Never reached Rheims to claim the throne of France
      • Treaty of Picquigny
        • Generous pension
        • Agreed not to aid English rebels
        • France removed some trade restrictions
        • Elizabeth of York never married the Dauphin
        • Louis cut of the pension in 1482
        • Edward out of the carve-up of Burgundy
      • War with Scotland
        • "a major misjudgement with greatly weakened his position" - Ross
  • Finance
    • Paid off his debts by 1478
    • "To die solvent was something no other English king had achieved for more than two hundred years." - Ross
    • 1476-1482 the revenue of the Duchy of Lancaster rose from £347 - £885 under Lord Stanley
    • A third act of Resumption passed 1473
    • Successful clampdown on piracy
    • Trade treaties with the Hanseatic League, France and Burgundy
    • Treaty of Picquigny 1475 brought a French pension of £10, 000

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