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Warwick the Kingmaker and the Wars of the Roses


By David Loades.

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Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick -Warwick ‘the Kingmaker’ played a key role in the Wars of the Roses. In his lifetime he was known as ‘a proud setter-up and puller down of kings’ but his own political career proved abortive. He was not a great soldier but he was a hard-working administrator and a nobleman of vast possessions and power. His support was vital to the crown and alienating him was a serious matter. After his death at Barnet he was attainted as a traitor. He left no male heir but his two daughters married the brother of Edward IV. Isabel became Duchess of Clarence and Anne married Richard III. It was Isabel’s son, Edward Earl of Warwick who was imprisoned by Henry VII after Bosworth Field and executed in 1499.