Edward IV met Warwick the Kingmaker at Barnet in Hertfordshire. in a fierce battle that proved deadly to Warwick.
The Battle of Barnet
BY DAVID ROSS, EDITOR
April 14, 1471
Yorkist troops under Edward IV vs. Lancastrian troops led by the Warwick, "The Kingmaker"
Barnet was yet another in a long line of bloody battles we call the Wars of the Roses, staged between the houses of Lancaster and York as they struggled for the crown of England. It owed as much to personal enmity between Warwick and Edward as it did to policies or alliances. Warwick ostensibly fought to return Henry VI to the throne. At the time of the battle, Edward held Henry in the Tower of London.
It proved to be a fortunate error, for the Lancastrian artillery kept up a constant barrage during the night, but overshot the mark almost completely, so Edward's army was intact when the dawn came.
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