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battle of Barnet


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*Warwick, Edward IV's great ally at Towton, turned against him in 1470 and drove him out of the kingdom. Returning in March 1471, Edward landed near Hull. Warwick, in possession of London, marched out to confront him. They met at Barnet, 14 miles north, on 14 April. Warwick's men won initial success, but confusion and mistaken identity led to cries of treason and a fatal collapse of morale. Warwick himself was cut down trying to reach his horse. Three weeks later, Edward secured his position beyond doubt with his crushing victory over Queen Margaret at Tewkesbury.


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