Act of Accord

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The Act of Accord was passed by the English Parliament on 25 October 1460, fifteen days after Richard, Duke of York had entered the Council Chamber and laid his hand on the empty throne. Under the Act, King Henry VI of England was to retain the crown for life but York and his heirs were to succeed. Henry was forced to agree to the Act. Far from ending the Wars of the Roses, it split the kingdom further, as it was unacceptable to Henry's queen, who saw her son disinherited, and a large body of Lancastrian supporters. In the immediate aftermath, the Lancastrians defeated and killed York in December 1460 but were in turn defeated in spring 1461 by York's son Edward, who then became king.Wagner, John A., Encyclopedia of the Wars of the Roses, (ABC-CLIO, 2001), 1.

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  • Wagner, John A., Encyclopedia of the Wars of the Roses, ABC-CLIO, 2001.


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