‘So, when this loose behaviour I throw off And pay the debt I never promised, By how much better than my word I am, By so much shall I falsify men’s hopes; And like bright metal on a sullen ground, My reformation, glittering o'er my fault, Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes Than that which hath no foil to set it off. I’ll so offend, to make offence a skill; Redeeming time when men think least I will.’
Were I a man, a duke, and next of blood, I would remove these tedious stumbling blocks And smooth my way upon their headless necks; And, being a woman, I will not be slack To play my part in Fortune’s pageant.
Henry VI, Part 2 (1.2.63-69)
KEY YORKIST FEMALE FIGURES DURING THIS PERIOD:
❀ Anne Beauchamp, 16th Countess of Warwick - wife of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick; the Kingmaker ❀ Cecily Neville, Duchess of York - wife of Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York; mother to Edward IV of England ❀ Anne of York, Duchess of Exeter - wife of Henry Holland, 3rd Duke of Exeter ❀ Alice Montacute, 5th Countess of Salisbury - wife of Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury ❀ Joan Fauconberg, Baroness Fauconberg - wife of William Neville, 1st Earl of Kent ❀ Alice de la Pole, Duchess of Suffolk - former lady in waiting to Margaret of Anjou; Castellan of Wallingford; Custodian of the Duke of Exeter
♔ First Battle of St Albans - 22nd of May 1455 ♔ Battle of Blore Heath - 23rd of September 1459 ♔ Battle of Ludford Bridge - 12th of October 1459 ♔ Battle of Sandwich - January 1460 ♔ Battle of Northampton - 10th of July 1460 ♔ Battle of Wakefield - 30th of December 1460 ♔ Battle of Mortimer’s Cross - 2nd of February 1461 ♔ Second Battle of St Albans - 17th of February 1461 ♔ Battle of Ferrybridge - 28th of March 1461 ♔ Battle of Towton - 29th of March 1461