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King Henry VI from NPG. Murdered in the Wakefield Tower in 1471.

Henry VI (first reign) 31 August 1422 – 4 March 1461 (second reign) 30 October 1470 – 11 April 1471 - born 6 December 1421 Windsor Castle son of Henry V and Catherine of Valois - 21 May 1471 Tower of London aged 49

The War of the Roses began in 1455 when the reign of King Henry VI of the House of Lancaster was challenged by Richard, Duke of York. Richard claimed the king's grandfather Henry IV had usurped the throne from the rightful king Richard II in 1399.

The War of the Roses began in 1455 when the reign of King Henry VI/ House of Lancaster was challenged by Richard, Duke of York. Richard claimed the king's grandfather Henry IV had usurped the throne from the rightful king Richard II in 1399