1st earl of Lincoln, John de la Pole

(c. 1462—1487)

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(c. 1462–87).

Pole's mother was Edward IV's sister Elizabeth: his father, John de la Pole, 2nd duke of Suffolk. Under Richard III he was in high favour. He served Richard as president of the Council of the North and fought for him at Bosworth. Lincoln and his father submitted to Henry VII but, with Warwick in the Tower and a boy of 10, he was the strongest Yorkist claimant to the throne. In 1487 he suddenly fled the country and returned with an invading force supporting Lambert Simnel's claim to be Warwick. He was killed at the battle of Stoke.

Subjects: British History.

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