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Anne Neville

(1456—1485) queen of England, consort of Richard III.


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(1456–85),

queen of Richard III. Anne was a pawn in the ferocious political game of the later 15th cent. She was the second daughter of Richard Neville, earl of Warwick (‘the Kingmaker’). In 1470 Anne was married to Edward, prince of Wales, heir to Henry VI. But her father was killed at Barnet in 1471 and her new husband at Tewkesbury, three weeks later. With the Yorkists temporarily on top, Anne was transferred to the other side and in 1472 became wife of Richard, duke of Gloucester, one of Edward IV's brothers. On Edward IV's death in 1483, Richard usurped the throne and Anne was crowned on 6 July. Her only son Edward died in April 1484 aged 8, leaving the royal couple childless. Her life as queen lasted less than two years and her husband's as king did not last much longer.

Subjects: British History.


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