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The Battle Bruised Earl of
- The Earls of Salisbury lived at
Bisham ‘Abbey’ Manor in Medieval Times.
- Richard Neville was the son of
the Earl of Westmorland by his second marriage to Joan Beaufort, the
grandaughter of King Edward III.
- Richard married the daughter of
the old Earl of Salisbury and was made Earl of Salisbury himself.
- They had lots of children. The
eldest was also called Richard
and he later became the Earl of Warwick.
- The new Earl of Salisbury
sometimes lived at Bisham, but he also had lots of castles up North.
He was well connected at the Royal Court too. His sister was married
to the Duke of York who thought he should be King instead of his
cousin, Henry VI.
- When a war broke out between
these two, the Earl of Salisbury and his son helped the Duke of York.
They fought many bloody battles together.
- This war was called the
‘War of the Roses’.
- In 1460, the Earl of Salisbury
was captured by the friends of King Henry VI at the Battle of
Wakefield in Yorkshire.
- He was imprisoned in Pontefract
Castle but a mob dragged him out and cut off his head. His head was
sent to York and stuck on a spike on the city gate!
- The Earl of Warwick had the rest
of his body buried at Bisham Priory, next to his manor house. His
battered monument is now at Burghfield.