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-THIS DAY IN HISTORY- 
April 14th,
 The Battle of Barnet

Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick (22 November 1428 – 14 April 1471) known as Warwick the Kingmaker, was an English nobleman, administrator, and military commander. The son of Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury, Warwick was the wealthiest and most powerful English peer of his age, with political connections that went beyond the country’s borders. One of the main protagonists in the Wars of the Roses, he was instrumental in the deposition of two kings, a fact which later earned him his epithet of “Kingmaker”. After a failed plot to crown Edward’s brother, George, Duke of Clarence Warwick instead restored Henry VI to the throne. The triumph was short-lived however: on 14 April 1471 Warwick was defeated by Edward at the Battle of Barnet and killed.