Battle of Losecoat Field

Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick had imprisoned Edward IV in July 1469, to gain better control over England, but Edward with support from Richard, Duke of Gloucester regained his throne and control of the government.

Although Warwick had reconciled with Edward, he was still dissatisfied as he was unable to gain any influence over Edward’s policies.

Within a year of the Battle of Edgecote, the House of York were again to fight amongst themselves with Warwick and George, Duke of Clarence forming another rebellion.

Warwick wanted Clarence put on the throne, but he needed support to do this, so he called on former Lancastrian supporters to help him.

Robert Welles, 8th Baron Willoughby de Eresby, was discontented with Edward’s rule, and the fact that Edward was holding his father as prisoner. He therefore turned to Warwick to help him and was put in charge of any army to oppose Edward. Hearing this Edward set out from London with his army.

Welles decided to face Edward’s army and he waited five miles (8 km) from Stamford, north of Tickencote Warren, near the village of Empingham in Rutland.

The two armies stood opposite one another, the royals and the rebels. Robert Welles, rebel leader, refused to lay down his arms so Edward executed his father in full view of the armies.

Edward charged the rebels and not wanting to fight the king’s highly trained soldiers, the rebels broke and fled. The battle was over and Edward was victorious.

Both Sir Robert Welles and Richard Warren were captured and later executed for treason. Welles having named Warwick and Clarence as instigators of the rebellion, forced them both to flee abroad.

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