Battle of Tewkesbury

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

Historical Context

One of the decisive moments of the Wars of the Roses, the conflict between the rival Houses of York and Lancaster in England. At Tewkesbury the House of Lancaster was annihilated by the forces of York.

Not only was the Lancastrian heir to the throne, Edward, Prince of Wales, killed in the battle, the Lancastrian king Henry IV was murdered shortly afterward while he was a prisoner in the Tower of London.

The battle essentially ended the Lancastrian royal line for a time and brought stability to England until the death of York king Edward IV in 1483.

Painting Info


Artist: Richard Burchett
Location painted: Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England

Related Events

  • 1471-05-04 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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