Picture Library - The Yorkists

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The Yorkists

The Yorkists seized the throne from the Lancastrians in 1461. The period of their rule coincides with the most intense phase of the Wars of the Roses. Edward IV's success in restoring stability in the 1470's was undermined by his brother's usurpation in 1483. The Yorkists, like their predecessors, distributed a livery collar - the collar of alternating suns and roses. This is admirably shown on the brass of Sir Anthony Grey at St Albans. Among the grandest brasses of the period is that of Henry Bourchier, earl of Essex, Edward IV's treasurer, at Little Easton; the earl is shown wearing the robes of the Order of the Garter. Also very striking is Joyce Tiptoft's brass at Enfield; her mother was the widow of the Earl of March. The epitaph on the brass of Richard Quartremayne at Thame celebrates the commemorated's career as a servant of Edward IV's father, Duke Richard of York. Following Edward IV’s death, Sir Thomas Vaughan accompanied Rivers and Grey in escorting the young prince at Ludlow; like them he was arrested and executed.

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John Wydevyl, grandfather of Queen Elizabeth Woodville, c. 1415, Grafton Regis, Northamptonshire


Joyce, daughter of Eleanor widow of Roger Mortimer Earl of March, and herself widow of John Baron Tiptoft, 1446 engr. c. 1470, Enfield, Middlesex


Richard Quatremayne, councillor to Richard Duke of York and to Edward IV, 1478 engr. c. 1460, Thame, Oxfordshire


Sir William Vernon, knight constable of England, 1467, Tong, Shropshire


Sir Anthony Grey, son and heir of Edmund, Earl of Kent, 1480, St. Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire


Henry Bourchier, Earl of Essex, 1483, Little Easton, Essex


Sir Thomas Vaughan, private treasurer to Edward IV and Prince Edward, 1483, Westminster Abbey, London


Sir John Crokker, cup and standard bearer to Edward IV, 1508, Yealmpton, Devon






John Wydevyl, grandfather of Queen Elizabeth Woodville, c. 1415,

Grafton Regis, Northamptonshire








Joyce, daughter of Eleanor widow of Roger Mortimer Earl of March, and herself widow of John Baron Tiptoft, 1446 engr. c. 1470,

Enfield, Middlesex








Richard Quatremayne, councillor to Richard Duke of York and to Edward IV, 1478 engr. c. 1460,

Thame, Oxfordshire









Sir William Vernon, knight constable of England, 1467,

Tong, Shropshire








Sir Anthony Grey, son and heir of Edmund, Earl of Kent, 1480,

St. Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire







Henry Bourchier, Earl of Essex, 1483,

Little Easton, Essex









Sir Thomas Vaughan, private treasurer to Edward IV and Prince Edward, 1483,

Westminster Abbey, London


 






Sir John Crokker, cup and standard bearer to Edward IV, 1508,

Yealmpton, Devon















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