… 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.