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prince of Wales Edward

(1453—1471) .


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B. 13 Oct. 1453, s. of Henry VI and Margaret; m. Anne, da. of Richard Neville, earl of Warwick, 13 Dec. 1470; d. 4 May 1471; bur. Tewkesbury abbey.

Edward was an unlucky prince. The birth of an heir after eight years of married life was a joy to the Lancastrians, but his father had become insane and could not recognize him, and lost the throne in 1461. Edward's boyhood was spent with his mother in exile in Scotland or France, and he is said to have developed warlike, even bloodthirsty, tendencies. When he returned with her in 1471 to reclaim the throne, their army was cut to pieces at Tewkesbury. The young prince was killed, either in battle or immediately afterwards. He was seventeen.

Subjects: British History.


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