1st duke of Norfolk, John Howard

(d. 1485)

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(d. 1485).

Howard was a retainer of the 3rd duke and perhaps on his nomination the first Yorkist sheriff of Norfolk in 1461, shortly before Edward IV knighted him on the battlefield of Towton. Thereafter he was one of the king's most valuable servants. He became Lord Howard in 1470. In 1483 Howard supported the usurpation of Richard III, who created him duke of Norfolk. He was the only magnate killed fighting for Richard at Bosworth.

Subjects: British History.

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