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Battle of Edgcote, 1469

Battle of Edgcote, 1469

In July 1469, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, better known as the 'Kingmaker', one time mentor of Edward IV rebelled against his protege. An army led by the mysterious 'Robin of Redesdale' marched down from the north of England to engage Edward in battle. Edward sent an army led by the Earls of Pembroke and Devon to meet them. After an initial clash near Daventry, the two sides engaged on 26 July 1469 near the villages of Edgcote and Chipping Warden at a place known as Danesmoor. Pembroke’s army had been dangerously weakened because, supposedly after an argument the night before, the Earl of Devon had withdrawn his troops. This left Pembroke without archers. The royal army initially held a commanding hilltop position but an attack by the rebel archers forced Pembroke to abandon the position and engage in hand ...

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