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Richard of York , third duke of York

Born: 22 September 1411   Died: 30 December 1460   

Magnate and claimant to the English throne, his rebellion against Henry VI ended in his death at the Battle of Wakefield, 1460.

Richard was descended from Edward III through both his parents. He was father of the future Yorkist kings Edward IV and Richard III and a Garter knight. In October 1460, he attempted to seize the throne from Henry VI but was killed at the battle of Wakefield. His severed head was displayed on the walls of York bearing a paper crown.

Sites associated with this person

Llanllugan Abbey, Powys (patron)

Usk Priory, Monmouthshire (patron)

Bibliographical sources

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Watts, John, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online - Richard, third duke of York (View website) (Subscription reqd.)