Reign of King Henry VI (restored) (170 words)

Historical Context Note


Since the Wars of the Roses, between Yorkist and Lancastrian claimants to the English throne, had broken out in 1455, the Yorkists had been in the ascendant, and in 1461 the Yorkist Edward IV had become King. By 1470, however, the two key nobles who had helped Edward take the throne, Richard Neville Earl of Warwick, and George Duke of Clarence, had become frustrated, and made a secret alliance instead with Margaret of Anjou, wife of the deposed Lancastrian king Henry VI. With their aid, Edward IV was forced into exile, and Henry VI was restored to the throne. Even before his first overthrow, however, he had suffered bouts of insanity, and this time he was little more than a figurehead, while Warwick and Clarence ruled in his name. …

Related Groups

  1. Reigns and Monarchy in the British Isles
  2. Wars of the Roses

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