Henry VI is briefly restored

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Historical Context Note

For less than a year between September 1470 and May 1471, Henry VI was restored to the throne he had lost to the Yorkist Edward IV in 1461. After ten years on the throne, Edward had fallen out with his chief supporter, Richard Neville Earl of Warwick, 'the Kingmaker'. With the support of King Louis XI of France, Warwick formed an alliance with Henry VI's wife Margaret of Anjou, and deposed Edward IV in favour of his predecessor, who by this time was suffering from persistent bouts of insanity. However, his second reign did not last long, as Warwick soon provoked anger by declaring war on Burgundy, which gave military support to Edward IV to regain the throne for himself. The Lancastrian claim was decisively quashed at the Battle of …

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