1st duke of Clarence, George


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Reputed to have been drowned in a butt of malmsey, Clarence was the younger brother of Edward IV. He was enticed by a promise of the crown to support Warwick the Kingmaker (whose daughter Isabel he married) against his brother. After Henry VI had been restored in 1470, Clarence abandoned Warwick to help Edward IV recover the throne. In the early 1470s he was high in Edward's favour, but his truculence and insubordination exasperated the king. Arrested in 1477, he was executed secretly in the Tower, by means never officially revealed.

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