IV enters London through Bishopsgate, 11th April 1471.
was a period of great political upheaval during the Wars of the
Roses, with great swings of fortune for both sides. The Earl of
change of allegiance to support the Lancastrian Henry VI led to
his exile in 1470 and then, on his return, Edward IV was in turn
forced to flee across the Channel to safety. Returning from Flanders
six months later, Edward landed in Yorkshire with a small force
and marched south.
refused to leave Coventry and fight, Edward continued towards
London, his approach causing considerable agitation in the capital.
Although Lancastrian sympathisers were instructed to hold the
City against him, the Council decided not to resist and on the
11th April 1471, Edward entered London through Bishopsgate to
reclaim the Throne.
later he would finally confront Warwick's army at the Battle of
Barnet, his victory there and at Tewkesbury three weeks later
all but annihilating the House of Lancaster and securing his position
as King for the next twelve years.
an extremely brief summary of the events leading up to the scene
I have chosen to paint and make the subject of this first 'Painting
Diary'. I will try to add more to the story as we progress, but
I can recommend the book 'The Battles of Barnet and Tewkesbury'
by P.W. Hammond to anyone who would like to know more about this