23
Apr

23 APRIL 1445

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Wedding of Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou

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22
Apr

22 APRIL 1451

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Birth of Queen Isabella I of Castile, the mother of Katherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife.

Isabella married on 19 October 1469 Ferdinand of Aragon. During Isabella’s reign the last Moorish kingdom in Spain, Granada, fell on 2 January 1492, ending centuries of peaceful religious co-existence between Muslims, Christians and Jews.  In the same year, on 12 October 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered America.

Isabella died on 26 November 1504.

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22
Apr

22 APRIL 1444

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Birth of Elizabeth of York, sixth child and third daughter of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York and Cecily Neville, in Rouen, Normandy.  Married before February 1458 to John de la Pole, eldest son of William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk, and Alice Chaucer.  Her eldest son John de la Pole, 1st Earl of Lincoln, was considered heir to the throne of Richard III after the death of Edward of Middleham.

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21
Apr

21 APRIL 1509

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Death of Henry VII (Tudor) at Richmond Palace.  Buried in Westminster Abbey.

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17
Apr

17 APRIL 1397

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II.

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16
Apr

16 APRIL 1470

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Birth of a short-lived child to George, duke of Clarence, and his wife, Isabel Neville, on a ship off Calais.  Some sources say that it was a boy, others that it was a girl named Anne.  This was their first child.

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15
Apr

15 APRIL 1452

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Birth of Leonardo da Vinci in Vinci near Florence.  Famous as a painter and inventor, scientist and lots more.

He was a contemporary of Richard III, being just six months older.   He died on 2 May 1519.

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14
Apr

14 APRIL 1471

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Battle of Barnet, Hertfordshire, defeat of Warwick and his brother Montagu, who both fell in the battle.  Richard is said to have been in command of the vanguard.

Read more about a possible different location for the battle here.

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11
Apr

11 APRIL 1471

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Final deposition of Henry VI in favour of Edward IV

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10
Apr

10 APRIL 1472

   Posted by: Michael   in Events in History

Birth of Margaret of York, fifth child and fourth daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, at Winchester Castle.  She was named after her aunt, Margaret Dowager Duchess of Burgundy.   She died at the age of 8 months on 11 December 1472, buried at Westminster Abbey.  Her sarcophagus was originally placed to fit in the steps of the shrine of St. Edward the Confessor but later moved to the edge of the chapel. The step edging around the sides can still be seen.

 

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