Wednesday, 21 September 2011

On this day, 600 years ago, Richard Plantagenet, the Duke of York was born...

After a period of absence, we return to our “on this day” mini-series. And what is more, you lucky people, we can actually return to the topic of the Wars of the Roses! On this day, in 1411, Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, was born to the Earl of Cambridge and Anne Mortimer. Although the names of his parents do not sound glamorous, nor famous, they were of huge significance (as readers of The Silver Knight will know), for he was descended from both Lionel of Antwerp, and Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York, making him the leading contender for the crown.

His presence and passion would bring him to the brink of the crown and his actions would start the period we now know as the Wars of the Roses.

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