Roles in The Wars of the Roses - Richard Duke of York

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  • Roles in conflict - Richard Duke of York
    • 1. He was a very powerful noble, he owned a lot of land all over the country. he had connections to the powerful Neville family by his marriage to Cecily Neville, and he had a valid claim to the throne!! it was said to be a stronger claim than the king! :o
    • 2. Anyway, York became pretty annoyed when Henry VII did not renew his command in France  1447 (which he had done an awesome job at) and instead granted it to one of his favourites, the Duke of Somerset.
    • 3. Meanwhile York was granted 'lieutenant of Ireland' which he took to massive offence as it was like the king was trying to exile him!
    • 4. In addition to this , York faced financial difficulties as a result he had to sell some of his most valuable possessions, when Normandy was lost in 1449 he lost a lot of his land. HE WAS NOT A HAPPY BUNNY.
    • 5. However when Suffolk was blamed for he loss of Normandy and made the scapegoat for a bad foreign policy, he was sent to exile in France but was murdered on the way! :D
    • 7. So during Cades rebellion of 1450, Richard Duke of York made his presence well known, he was greeted with great support and he made it clear to the King that he wanted Somerset OUT!
    • 8. However the king did not agree! and by 1452 it was obvious that Somerset could only be removed by force! so york began to raise an army :o
    • 9. However before he could do anything else he was persuaded into having a chat with the King. In this meeting the tables turned as the King forced York into surrendering and vowing never to rebel again!
    • 10. An Act of Attainder was then passed - punishment without trial if anyone attempted to challenge the king again! The King meant business! But would it last?
    • 6. Now the only thing standing in Yorks quest of ultimate awesomenes was somerset! Things were looking up for old Yorkie!


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