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What Happened on May 4, 1471

Historical Events


Victory in BattleBattle of Tewkesbury

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

Famous Deaths

  • Edmund Beaufort, 4th Duke of Somerset, English military commander (executed)
  • Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales, dies at 17, becoming the only heir apparent to the English throne to ever die in battle
1471 Highlights

About May 4, 1471

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 549 years, 3 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Taurus