1st earl of Northumberland, John Neville

(c. 1431—1471)

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(c. 1431–71).

The third son of Richard Neville, earl of Salisbury, John fought alongside his father at Blore Heath and was attainted in 1459, but was restored, created Baron Montagu, and appointed Henry VI's chamberlain after the Yorkists won control of government in 1460. Taken prisoner in the second battle of St Albans, he was freed after Edward IV's victory at Towton. Thereafter he was Edward's chief lieutenant in the north, defeating Lancastrian forces at Hedgeley Moor and Hexham in 1464. He subsequently changed sides, supported his brother Warwick's restoration of Henry VI and was killed at the battle of Barnet.

Subjects: British History.

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