Richard of York and Margaret of Anjou
At the time of the turning-point of Arras, Richard of York, born in 1411, was twenty-four. He was by far the richest magnate in the country. Ten years before he had succeeded to the vast inheritance of his uncle March—lands in most English counties, though with their main concentration on the Welsh Border, looking to the splendid castle of Ludlow on the Teme. In addition he succeeded to March’s earldom of Ulster, with a dominant position in the English Pale, the lordships of Clare, Trim and Connaught. In time to come Ireland would provide a useful, friendly base. Richard was the son of the Earl of Cambridge executed for treason on the eve of the Agincourt expedition. Despite his father’s attainder he succeeded to the entailed lands of the earldom. On his uncle’s death at Agincourt he succeeded to the dukedom of York.
KeywordsEnglish State Faction Fight Henry Versus English County Large Army
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