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Edward IV in a nutshell
Leader of the Yorkist faction of England after the defeat and death of his father at Wakefield on 30 December 1460. After several defeats, he entered London and was crowned king in March 1461. He was handsome and popular, but alientated Warwick by his marriage to Elizabeth Woodville, a daughter of Warwick's enemies. In 1470 Warwick landed in England, forced Edward into exile, and restored Henry VI to the throne. Edward returned to England, and at the battle of Barnet (April 1471), defeated and killed Warwick. Edward again became king. His later years were marred by debauchery and by the popular discontent which was caused by his execution of the Duke of Clarence and his support of Burgundy against France.

Contributed by Gifford, Katya
15 January 2003

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