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A passage I found interesting in the book Bosworth: The Birth of the Tudors.

With the purposely misinformation about Henry’s support in exile in twp. I can ignore having suppressed important figures of Henry reigning in twp (Especially with the strange absence of the other members of the Woodville family), okay I’m not looking for logic and information on this show lol, but they could tone down a bit with all those fake assertions that thrown here and there about Henry and his life in exile.

Those more fortunate arrived across the Channel with tales of miraculous escape. The Cornish knight Sir Richard Edgecombe, who had previously sent money to Henry in exile, had been tracked down by Richard’s men and chased through woods near his house at Cotehele on the Tamar gorge. He was only saved through his own quick thinking when, with Richard’s men closing in on him, ‘fast at his heels’ and his capture and likely death imminent, he found a large stone and placing his cap on top, rolled it into the water. Making a large splash, the rangers, ‘looking down after the noise and seeing his cap swimming, thereon suppose that he had desperately drowned himself, gave over their further hunting’.

Those who joined Edgecombe in flight from Exeter included the Marquess of Dorset and his young son Thomas Grey, the Courtenays, Sir Robert Willoughby, Sir Thomas Arundell, the head of one of the most important families in Cornwall with strong Lancastrian sympathies, and whose sister was married to another fleeing rebel, Sir Giles Daubeney. Elsewhere, in spite of the failure of their risings and being in the less advantageous position of being distant from the coast, other leading rebels were able to slip the king’s net, boarding boats destined for across the Channel. They included Bishop Lionel Woodville, Sir Edward Woodville, John Welles, Sir John Cheyney and his two brothers, together with Sir Giles Daubeney and Edmund Hampden who had taken part in the Salisbury rebellion; in Kent, the brothers Thomas and William Brandon, along with Richard Guildford and Edward Poynings had also managed to escape, as had the Newbury rebels Sir William Berkeley and John Harcourt. Bishop John Morton, faring better than the Duke of Buckingham, had fled Weobley into the marshy wastelands of the Fens in his diocese, before crossing unnoticed into Flanders where he was joined by Christopher Urswick. It proved to be nothing less than an exodus of some of the most influential members of court, and most valued members of the southern gentry.

In total, over 500 Englishmen had decided they had no other choice but to weigh anchor and set sail for an uncertain future with an equally unknown figure, whose remote claim to the throne remained their only hope. In desperation, each of their futures had become forged to a mysterious young Welshman whom most had never even met.

Bosworth: The Birth of the Tudors - Chris Skidmore