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People/Characters: John, Lord Wenlock

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Warwick the Kingmaker by Paul Murray Kendall

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John, Lord Wenlock (died 1471): A typical example of how the nobility in the time of the Wars of the Roses played politics. He became chamberlain to Queen Margaret of Anjou around 1450, and fought for Lancaster at the First Battle of St. Albans. He then went to the Yorkist side, and was part of the 1460 invasion of England. His service at the Battle of Towton resulted in his becoming a peer. He was the Earl of Warwick's deputy at Calais, and when Warwick went over to Margaret of Anjou, Wenlock followed. He died in the Lancastrian defeat at the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471 -- in one account, murdered by the Duke of Somerset for failing to fight hard enough.

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