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The All Powerful Earl of Warwick
- Richard Neville had the same
name as his father, the Earl of Salisbury.
He grew up at Bisham ‘Abbey’ Manor in Medieval Times.
- At the age of only six, he became
engaged to the daughter of the Earl of Warwick who had a castle at
Caversham! They used to meet on
Caversham Bridge in Reading.
- His wife inherited lands all
over the country from her brother. This made Richard very rich and
powerful. He was made the Earl of Warwick and the two lived together
at Warwick Castle.
- Richard’s uncle, the Duke of
York, thought he should be King instead of his cousin, Henry
- When a war broke out between
these two, the Earl of Warwick and his father helped the Duke of York.
They fought many bloody battles together. This war was called the
‘War of the Roses’.
- When his father was killed, the
Earl of Warwick inherited all his lands too and became even more
powerful than the King.
- When the Duke of York was killed
in battle, his son, Edward, carried on the war. He also wanted to be
- The Earl of Warwick argued with
him a lot about their battle plans. However, he still managed to beat
Henry VI who fled abroad in 1461. The Earl had Edward crowned as King
- The new King tried to rule
without the Earl of Warwick’s help. So the Earl kicked him out and
brought back Henry VI. He then became known as ‘The Kingmaker’.
- Edward IV raised an army and
killed the Earl of Warwick at the Battle of Barnet in Hertfordshire.
- His naked body was paraded
through the streets of London before he was buried at Bisham
next to his childhood home.