Edward IV was King of England from 4 March 1461 to 3 October 1470, and again from 11 April 1471 until his death. He was a central figure in the Wars of the Roses, a series of civil wars in England fought between the Yorkist and Lancastrian factions between 1455 and 1487. Edward was the eldest son of Richard, Duke of York, a rival claimant to the throne and the leader of the opposition to King Henry VI. When Richard was killed in battle in December 1460, Edward inherited his claim to the throne. In the first few months of 1461 he commanded victorious forces in the battles of Mortimer's Cross and Towton, and became king. Edward's marriage to Elizabeth Woodville in 1464 led to his falling out with his mentor, Richard Neville Earl of Warwick, known as the "Kingmaker". Edward's reign was interrupted by a revolt in 1470-1471, led by Warwick and backed by the French, which briefly re-installed Henry VI as king.
|Born:||28 April 1442, Rouen, Normandy, France|
|Died:||9 April 1483 (aged 40), Westminster, Middlesex, England|
|Burial:||18 April 1483, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle|
|Issue, among others:||Arthur, Viscount Lisle, Elizabeth, Queen of England, Edward V of England, Richard of Shrewsbury, Catherine, Countess of Devon|
|Father:||Richard, Duke of York|
About Edward IV of England
King of England from 1461 to 1483 who most notably was in charge during the War of the Roses.
He had three younger brothers, one of which died with his father at the 1460 Battle of Wakefield.
He was overthrown in 1470 and had to flee for his safety, but his rule was later restored and he reigned the rest of his life in peace.
He ascended to the throne after his king father, Edward III, was killed in battle.
His wife was the maternal grandmother of King Henry VIII.
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