Thomas Stanley, 1st earl of Derby

(c. 1435—1504) magnate

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Thomas Stanley succeeded his father in 1459 as Baron Stanley. He served as steward to Edward IV and then to Richard III, who gave him the Garter. But his second wife, whom he married about 1482, was the widow of the earl of Richmond and mother of the future Henry VII. Before Bosworth, Richard, suspecting Stanley's fidelity, took his son Lord Strange as hostage. Stanley took no part in the battle and his younger brother Sir William Stanley intervened against Richard at a critical stage. His reward was speedy. He was made steward of the duchy of Lancaster and created earl.

Subjects: British History.

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