Edward IV of England Timeline

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  • 28 Apr 1442
    Birth of Edward of York, Earl of March, son of Richard, Duke of York and future Edward IV of England.
  • 1455 - 1487
    Wars of the Roses in England.
  • 10 Jul 1460
    A Yorkist army led by Richard Neville, the Earl of Warwick and Edward, Earl of March defeats Queen Margaret’s army at Northampton. Henry VI of England is captured.
  • 24 Oct 1460
    The Act of Accord identifies Richard, Duke of York as the official heir of Henry VI of England.
  • 30 Dec 1460
    Richard, Duke of York is killed at the Battle of Wakefield.
  • 1461 - 1470
    First reign of Edward IV of England.
  • 17 Feb 1461
    A Yorkist army, led by the Earl of Warwick, is defeated at St. Albans. Henry VI of England is released from captivity.
  • 29 Mar 1461
    Edward of York wins the bloody Battle of Towton. Henry VI of England is deposed.
  • 28 Jun 1461
    Edward of York is crowned Edward IV of England at Westminster Abbey.
  • 1464
    A Lancastrian army is defeated at Hexam by Edward IV of England.
  • 1 May 1464
    Edward IV of England marries Elizabeth Woodville.
  • Jul 1465
    The fugitive ex-king Henry VI of England is captured in Lancashire and imprisoned in the Tower of London.
  • 26 Jul 1469
    The Earl of Warwick and Queen Margaret defeat King Edward IV’s army at Northampton in the Battle of Edgecote Moor.
  • 1470 - 1471
    Second reign of Henry VI of England.
  • 1470
    Birth of Prince Edward (eldest son of Edward IV of England), the future Edward V of England.
  • 11 Apr 1470
    Henry VI of England is reinstated as king (the ‘Readeption’).
  • Oct 1470
    Second (English) coronation of Henry VI of England, this time in Saint Paul's Cathedral.
  • 1471 - 1483
    Second reign of Edward IV of England.
  • 1471
    Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is made Constable and Lord High Admiral by Edward IV of England.
  • 14 Apr 1471
    Edward IV of England wins the Battle of Barnet where the Earl of Warwick is killed.
  • 4 May 1471
    Henry VI of England’s only son Edward is killed at the Battle of Tewkesbury. Henry VI is imprisoned in the Tower of London by Edward IV of England.
  • 21 May 1471
    Henry VI of England is murdered in the Tower of London.
  • 1472
    Edward IV of England makes his younger brother Richard the Duke of Gloucester.
  • 1473
    Birth of Prince Richard, second son of Edward IV of England.
  • 1474
    York Minster is completed.
  • 1474
    James III of Scotland arranges for his son James to marry Cecily, the daughter of Edward IV of England.
  • 1475
    The stone vaulted ceiling of Saint George's Chapel at Windsor Castle is built.
  • Mar 1475
    Edward IV of England and Louis XI of France sign a peace treaty.
  • 1476
    Queen Margaret, wife of the late Henry VI of England, is released from confinement and returns to France.
  • 1477
    William Caxton opens England's first printing press.
  • 18 Feb 1478
    George, Duke of Clarence, the brother of Edward IV of England, is murdered in the Tower of London.n
  • 1482
    Richard, Duke of Gloucester, future Richard III of England, leads a successful campaign in Scotland which recaptures Berwick.
  • 1483 - 1485
  • Apr 1483 - Jun 1483
    Reign of Edward V of England.
  • 9 Apr 1483
    Edward IV of England dies of a stroke at Westminster.