In 1471 Edward IV was a man of twenty-nine and might have looked forward with confidence to many years of rule, to seeing his sons grow up to maturity and thus settling the house of York upon the throne for good. After all, Henry of Lancaster had taken the throne not his own in 1399 and settled his house upon it for three generations. But there was a fundamental difference between the Revolution of 1399 and the events of 1461 renewed in 1471. In 1399 Henry of Lancaster had been called to assume the Crown by the will of the nation, so far as it could be elicited, certainly by the bulk of the magnates, the Church, the Lords and Commons in Parliament. The plain fact about the Yorkist dynasty was that Edward IV had captured the Crown by force in 1461, lost it to a combination of his own party supporters with the Lancastrians and recaptured it by force and luck in 1471.
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