Edward Warwick
English Earl
Edward Warwick
Edward Plantagenet, 17th Earl of Warwick was the son of George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, and a potential claimant to the English throne during the reigns of both Richard III (1483–1485) and his successor, Henry VII (1485–1509). He was also a younger brother of Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury.
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  • 1499
    Age 24
    But he remained a prisoner until 1499, when the pretender Perkin Warbeck appeared.
    More Details Hide Details A plot between Warwick and Warbeck for Warwick's escape was alleged, and Warwick was beheaded for treason. It was thought at the time that Warwick was executed in response to pressure from Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, whose daughter, Catherine of Aragon, was to marry Henry's heir, Arthur. Catherine was said to feel very guilty about Warwick's death, and that her trials in later life were punishment for it. Upon Warwick's death, the House of Plantagenet became extinct in the legitimate male line.
  • 1490
    Age 15
    In 1490, he was confirmed in his title of Earl of Warwick despite his father's attainder (his claim to the earldom of Warwick being through his mother).
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  • 1487
    Age 12
    His claim, albeit tarnished, remained a potential threat to Henry, particularly after the appearance of the pretender Lambert Simnel in 1487.
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  • 1485
    Age 10
    After King Richard's death in 1485, Warwick was kept as prisoner in the Tower of London by Henry VII.
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  • 1484
    Age 9
    After the death of King Richard's son (Edward of Middleham, Prince of Wales) in 1484, the 10-year-old Warwick was named heir to the throne – possibly thanks to the influence of Queen Anne, his aunt, who had adopted him and his sister Margaret following their parents' deaths.
    More Details Hide Details However, as soon as the Queen died, the king named his sister Elizabeth's son, the adult John Earl of Lincoln, his heir in place of Warwick. As the American historian Paul Murray Kendall put it in 1955, "Warwick... appears to have been what in the present age would be called a retarded child." British historian Jeremy Potter mentioned (in 1983) some of the contemporary evidence upon which historians based that conclusion: "Warwick... may have been simple-minded: later he was said not to be able to tell a goose from a capon." King Richard is believed to have named him his heir as a temporary measure only to please his dying queen, who survived her own son's death by less than a year.
  • 1483
    Age 8
    His potential claim to the throne following the deposition of his cousin Edward V in 1483 was overlooked because of the argument that the attainder of his father also barred Warwick from the succession (although that could have been reversed by an Act of Parliament).
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  • 1478
    Age 3
    He was created Earl of Warwick in 1478 shortly after the attainder and execution of his father for treason.
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  • 1475
    Age 0
    He was born on 25 February 1475, at Warwick, the family home of his mother, the Duchess of Clarence, formerly Lady Isabella Neville, elder daughter of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick.
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