On This Day

What Happened in May 1471

Historical Events


Victory in BattleBattle of Tewkesbury

May 4 Battle of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, final battle between the Houses of Lancaster and York: Prince of Wales, Edward of Westminster killed and King Edward IV restored to his throne. Re-restores political stability to England until his death in 1483.
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King Edward IV and his Yorkist troops are beseeched by a priest to stop the pursuit of their Lancastrian foes who requested sanctuary from the abbey
King Edward IV and his Yorkist troops are beseeched by a priest to stop the pursuit of their Lancastrian foes who requested sanctuary from the abbey
  • May 21 King Edward IV enters London

Famous Birthdays

  • May 21 Albrecht Durer, Nornberg Germany, Renaissance painter/print maker

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Thomas a Kempis, German Dutch spiritual writer (Navolging of Christ), dies at 91
  • May 4 Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales, dies at 17, becoming the only heir apparent to the English throne to ever die in battle
  • May 4 Edmund Beaufort, 4th Duke of Somerset, English military commander (executed)
  • May 21 King Henry VI of England (1422-1471) is executed in the Tower of London at 49