Henry VI of England Timeline

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  • 1337 - 1453
    The Hundred Years' War between England and France.
  • 1411 - 1460
  • 6 Dec 1421
    Birth of Henry, son of Henry V of England and future Henry VI of England at Windsor Castle.
  • 1422 - 1461
    First reign of Henry VI of England.
  • 31 Aug 1422
    Henry V of England dies, probably of dysentery, in Bois de Vincennes.
  • 1429
    Joan of Arc lifts the Siege of Orleans; a major victory for the French in the Hundred Years' War.
  • 17 Jul 1429
    Coronation of Charles VII of France in Rheims.
  • 6 Nov 1429
    Coronation of Henry VI of England in Westminster Abbey.
  • 16 Dec 1431
    Coronation of Henry VI of England as king of France (Henry II) in Notre-dame de Paris.
  • 1434 - 1435
    Sir Henry Talbot orchestrates the successful defence of English-held Paris.
  • 1435
    The English lose the support of the Burgundians during the Hundred Years' War.
  • 1436
    The English lose control of Paris during the Hundred Years' War.
  • 1440
    Henry VI of England founds Eton College in Berkshire.
  • 1441
    Henry VI of England founds King’s College, Cambridge.
  • 1444 - 1449
    There is a five-year truce between England and France during the Hundred Years' War.
  • 1445
    England loses control of Maine during the Hundred Years' War.
  • 22 Apr 1445
    Henry VI of England marries Margaret of Anjou, niece of Charles VII of France.
  • 1447
    Richard, Duke of York is the king's lieutenant in Ireland.
  • 1450
    There is a rebellion in England led by Jack Cade.
  • 1450
    England loses control of Normandy during the Hundred Years' War.
  • Feb 1452 - Mar 1452
    Richard, Duke of York launches a failed by marching his army to Dartford.
  • 1453
    England loses control of Gascony during the Hundred Years' War.
  • 1453
    Henry VI of England suffers his first episode of insanity.
  • Jul 1453
    The English are defeated by the French at the Battle of Castillon, the last battle of the Hundred Years' War.
  • 13 Oct 1453
    Birth of Edward, the only son of Henry VI of England.
  • Mar 1454
    Richard, Duke of York is made Protector of the Realm.
  • 1455 - 1487
    Wars of the Roses in England.
  • 1455
    Richard, Duke of York imprisons his rival the Earl of Somerset in the Tower of London.
  • 22 May 1455
    Richard, Duke of York wins the Battle of St. Albans and the Earl of Somerset is killed.
  • Nov 1455
    Richard, Duke of York is made the Protector of the Realm for a second time.
  • 25 Mar 1458
    ‘Loveday’, Henry VI of England's attempt to reconcile the Yorkists and Lancastrians.
  • 1459
    The 'Parliament of Devils' identifies Richard, Duke of York as a traitor. The duke flees to Ireland.
  • 12 Oct 1459
    An army led by Queen Margaret defeats Richard, Duke of York at the Battle of Ludford Bridge.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.