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  • ID: I31310
  • Name: Edward PLANTAGENET , Earl of Warwick 1
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: 18th\2nd Earl of /Warwick/, Edward Plantagenet
  • Birth: BET 21 AND 25 FEB 1474/75 in Warwick Castle, Warwickshire, England 1
  • Death: 28 NOV 1499 in Tower Hill, London, Middlesex, England (beheaded) 1
  • Burial: Bisham Abbey, Berkshire, England
  • Note:
    BARONY OF MONTAGU (IX) 1485 to 1499

    EARLDOM OF WARWICK (XVIII, 17 & 2) 1478 and 1492 to 1499

    EDWARD (PLANTAGENET), EARL OF WARWICK, 1st and only surviving son and heir of George (PLANTAGENET), DUKE OF CLARENCE, EARL OF WARWICK [1472] and EARL OF SALISBURY, by Isabel his wife, was born 21 or 25 February 1474/5 at Warwick Castle; styled EARL OF WARWICK from his baptism by order of Edward IV, who was his godfather. Following his mother's death, 22 December 1476, and the attainder, 8 February, and "execution," 18 February 1477/8, of his father, he became heir, in accordance with the Act of Attainder, to his mother's moiety of the Warwick and Salisbury lands, which, not being forfeited, were accordingly taken into the custody of, and held, but only by reason of his minority, by Edward IV, Richard III and Henry VII in succession. This moiety included Warwick Castle and he was clearly considered, though presumably wrongly, to be EARL OF WARWICK from his father's death. On 8 June 1481 his wardship and marriage were granted, as from Michaelmas 1480, to Thomas (Grey), Marquess of Dorset. He was present, as Earl of Warwick, at the Coronation, 6 July 1483, of his uncle, Richard III and with many other nobles was with him in August at Warwick. On 8 September following he was knighted at the investiture at York of Edward, the King's son, as Prince of Wales, shortly after which he was sent to live at Sheriff Hutton. While there, on the Prince's death, 9 April 1484, he is said to have been declared heir apparent to the Crown; and he was a member of the Council of the North before 13 May 1485. By the death s.p.s., 16 March 1484/5, of the Queen Consort, Anne, his mother's only sister, the abeyance of the Baronies of Montagu and Monthermer terminated (according to modern doctrine) in his favour, whereby he became LORD MONTAGU [1299 and 1357] and LORD MONTHERMER [1309]. On the accession of Henry VII he was removed from Sheriff Hutton to the Tower of London, where he remained a close prisoner till his death. By that King he was, however, deemed, on the death of his aunt, the Queen Consort abovenamed, 16 March 1484/5, and of his uncle, Richard III, 22 August 1485, to be heir to the former's moiety of the Warwick and Salisbury lands. The whole of the lands of both Earldoms were thus held by Henry VII in custody for the duration of Edward's minority and it is possible that he was considered (though wrongly) to be Earl of Salisbury as well as Earl of Warwick. During the rebellion in 1487 of Lambert Simnel, who personated him, he was taken one Sunday in procession to St. Paul's to hear Mass, so that he might be seen and recognised. By the death, shortly before 20 September 1492, of his maternal grandmother, Anne, suo jure, Countess of Warwick, to whom he was sole heir, he became EARL OF WARWICK under the remainder of that dignity in the grant thereof in 1450. Seven years later, on a clearly trumped-up charge, he was condemned for conspiring high treason with Perkin Warbeck, a fellow prisoner, 21 November, and beheaded 28 November 1499 [a] on Tower Hill, being buried (with his maternal ancestors) at Bisham Abbey, aged 24 and unmarried. At his death his honours were forfeited and he was subsequently, January 1503/4, attainted by Act of Parliament, which attainder was, however, reversed by another Act (5 Hen. VIII, c. 12) at the instance of his sister Margaret, his sole heir, who was thereby restored (sic) as Countess of Salisbury. Although in this latter Act he is styled Earl of Warwick and Salisbury, such ex postfacto recognition does not in itself afford proof that he really enjoyed the latter Earldom. [Complete Peerage XII/2:394-7, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]

    Last male Plantagenet

    [a] "Earl Edward had to perish in this fashion in order that there should be no surviving male heir to his family." It is at least likely that the real reason for his execution at this date was the King's wish to expedite the marriage of his son Arthur with Catherine of Aragon.

    Father: George PLANTAGENET , KG, KB, Duke of Clarence b: 21 OCT 1449 in Dublin Castle, Ireland
    Mother: Isabel NEVILLE b: 5 SEP 1451 in Warwick Castle, Warwickshire, England

    1. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: XII/2:394-7
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