Archive for April, 2012


Edward IV rides to Stony Stratford, where lives Earl Rivers, his wife the Duchess of Bedford and their children, including their eldest daughter, the widowed Elizabeth Grey.


John Nevill marries Isobel Ingoldisthorpe in Canterbury. The ceremony was officiated by Archbishop Bourchier. Isobel was the daughter of Edmund Ingoldisthorpe (dec) of Borough Green and Joan Tiptoft, sister of the Earl of Worcester. Tiptoft was said to have ‘brought about’ the marriage. John was 27 and Isobel was 15. A payment of £1,000 pounds, in ten instalments, was to be paid to Margaret of Anjou, who held Isobel’s lands in wardship. Though at least some of this money was paid, a petition to parliament questioned both the payment and the wardship, as Isobel was 14 (and therefor of age) at the time of her father’s death. ( – Henry VI’s 1460 parliament) Below is the final clause in the petition.

Wherfore, please it your highnes tendirle to considre the premyssez, and theruppon by the advise and assent of your lordes spirituall and temporall, and of your communs, in this present parlement assembled, to ordeine and establyssh, by auctorite of þe same parlement, that the seid reconysauncez and ychone of theme, be voide and of none effect ne value; and also that women beyng of the age of .xiiij. yere at tyme of deth of thaire auncestres, withoute question or difficulte, have livere of their londes and tenementez to them descended, for so the lawe of this londe will that then thei shuld have; and the seid John and Isabell shall pray to God for youre most noble astate.


Battle of Hedgely Moor. A resounding victory for John Nevill, now Lord Montagu.


Isobel Ingoldisthorpe, widow of John Nevill, marries William Norreys. As Norreys was a servant of Edward IV, the king may have brought this marriage about.

… than Henry VI

1. His wife wasn’t French. The Duchess of York would have been an infinitely better queen than Margaret of Anjou, for this reason alone. As has been borne out throughout history, from Elizabeth Wydeville to Anne Boleyn, Anne Hyde to Lady Diana Spencer, women of good solid English stock make excellent brides for princes. Cecily would have aced being queen.

2. When something needed to be done, he got up and did it himself. Whenever the King wouldn’t talk to him, he just muscled his way right in there and made him take notice. All Henry did was sit under apple trees, singing and praying.

3. The Duke of York had four sons. Henry VI had one, and even then he was really the son of the Duke of Somerset (take your pick) or the Earl of Wiltshire or the late Duke of Suffolk.

4. His heir (despite really being the son of an archer) was tall and handsome, jolly and kind. Henry VI’s heir (despite really being the son of four different men) was cruel and sadistic. His royal mistresses wouldn’t have been merry at all, they’d have been terrified! This would not have been a good thing for England.

5. The Duke of York had the Nevills on his side. Henry VI didn’t. Well, not to start with…

6. The Duke of York was a Yorkist. Henry VI was a Lancastrian. Enough said.

7. He looked like a King. Henry looked like a Monk.

8. The common folk loved him. Mainly because his wife wasn’t French.

9. Two of his sons were kings. Two of his grandsons could have been but weren’t. If the Duke had got to be King, there’d have been a proper dynasty and everything.

10. If the Duke of York had been King, and one or other of his grandsons had been King after the King who was King after the Duke (or maybe the one after that), the Tudors would never have happened.

On this day: 21 April

Posted: April 21, 2012 in Henry VII, On this day...


Death of Henry VII.


The earl of Warwick and George duke of Clarence are anchored outside Calais harbour after fleeing England with the countess of Warwick, duchess of Clarence and Anne Nevill. John Wenlock sends word that they should not try to land in Calais. Isobel duchess of Clarence gives birth to her first child, a boy, who is either stillborn or dies within hours. He is buried at sea. Her father sends to Calais for wine for her, as it was believed to have strengthening qualities.


The Earl of Warwick travels to Boulogne for talks with Charles Count Charolais (later the Duke of Burgundy). The two men take an instant dislike to each other and talks quickly break down.


Hearing news of her husband’s death at Barnet, Anne countess of Warwick enters sanctuary at Beaulieu Sanctuary.

Margaret of Anjou meets with her allies, the duke of Somerset, John Courtenay, John Beaufort, and hears the news of the defeat at Barnet.


Edward IV arrives at Exeter to find that Warwick and Clarence have left for Calais. He leaves his sword behind as a reminder that he is king.


Battle of Barnet and the deaths of Richard Nevill earl of Warwick, John Nevill marquess Montagu and Humphrey Bourchier lord Cromwell, husband of Jane Stanhope.



Edward IV enters London. George Nevill archbishop of York hands Henry VI into Edward’s custody. Edward is quickly recrowned and goes immediately to Westminster Sanctuary where his wife, children and mother have been since he fled England a year earlier. He takes them to Baynard’s Castle and sees his son, Edward, for the first time.


After the failure of their rebellion against Edward IV, the earl of Warwick and George duke of Clarence, with the countess of Warwick and Anne Nevill, collect Isobel duchess of Clarence in Exeter and set sail for Calais.


George Nevill Archbishop of York is holding London for his brother, Richard Nevill earl of Warwick. In an attempt to get the populace on side, he brings Henry VI from the Tower of London and processes him through the city. The Mayor of London makes the decision to open the gates to Edward IV and the archbishop sends him secret messages of welcome.


Birth of a daughter, Stefanie Robyn, to Karen Clark and Nick Fowler. She is a tiny scrap of humanity but her spirit is strong. Her habit of bouncing began early and, 27 years later, is still well entrenched.


Death of Edward IV. He is succeeded by his 12 year old son, Edward V, who is soon to be declared illegitimate and replaced by his uncle, Richard III.


Death of Edward Prince of Wales, only child of Richard III and his queen, Anne Nevill. His date of birth is uncertain, but he was no more than 11.