Rebels under Perkin Warbeck attempt to take Exeter

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Historical Context Note

Perkin Warbeck had landed in Cornwall from Ireland on 7 September. Although most probably Flemish in origin, Warbeck claimed to be Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York, the younger son of Edward IV, who was imprisoned in the Tower along with his brother Edward V under the kingship of Richard III. Seeking to exploit residual anger after the recent Cornish Rising, he announced that he would release the people from their extortionate tax burdens, and gathered an army of 6000 followers. On 17 September these rebels attempted to take Exeter.
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Editors. "Rebels under Perkin Warbeck attempt to take Exeter". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2010
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