War and Roses 1470: The Kingmaker
John de Vere
13th Earl of Oxford
All infantry and cavalry attacks cost
-1 Command Point in battle.
Adept Command of Arms
+2 Attack rating and +1 Damage to all attacks made
in Personal Combat.
Commands 5 contingents of archers, 3 contingents of Flemish mercenaries, 1 contingent of men-at-arms, 2 contingents of militia, and 1 detachment of mounted men-at-arms. 3 knights are sworn to him in addition, his younger brothers, twenty-seven and twenty-four year old, Sir George and Sir Richard, and Sir Walter Strode, called the “White Hare” because of his arms, three white conies, or rabbits, sitting on a field of argent.
John de Vere the Earl of Oxford is 29 years old at the start of War & Roses in 1470. He is the second son of the 12th Earl of Oxford who was executed along with his eldest son Sir Aubrey in the year 1462 after being charged with treason by John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester and Lord High Constable of England. As a young knight he fought at the Battle of Northampton in 1460 where he was grievously wounded, the Second Battle of St. Albans, and the Battle of Towton in March of 1461.
In 1464 he was at the Battle of Hexham serving under the Duke of Somerset. After the Lancastrian defeat and Somerset’s execution he escaped to exile Ireland with 40 men. The Earl of Oxford returned to England in 1469 and fought at Edgecote Moor where the Nevilles now allied with House of Lancaster defeated King Edward and William Herbert the Earl of Pembroke. He is married to Lady Alice Neville, Baroness de Vere, younger sister of Queen Elizabeth of York. The Earl of Oxford is a Committed Lancastrian.