Kings and Usurpation. Edward IV, Richard III & The Princes

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USURPATION, EDWARD IV AND RICHARD III 

EDWARD IV

BACKGROUND

  • Duke of York 
  • usurped throne from Henry VI @ Battle of townton 1461
  • His cousin Earl of Warwick (Richard Neville) helped him
  • However, The Earl soon got jealous of the patronage and influence his cousin's wife, Elizabeth Woodville, was recieving and felt he was being ignored and deserved greater things
  • The earl swapped allegiance to Lancastrian
  • 1470 Edward is forced into exile by his cousin Warwick & the lancastrians 
  • Edward IV returned however to reclaim the throne in 1471 at the battle…

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