War and Roses 1470: The Kingmaker
Lord of Skipton & Chief Justice of North Wales
Practiced Command Of Arms
+2 Attack rating bonus in Personal Combat
against all foes.
All infantry and cavalry attacks cost
-1 Command Points in battle.
Commands 5 contingents of men-at-arms, 3 contingents of archers, and 12 contingents of levies. Sir Thomas Corke of Cornwall is sworn to him.
Sir William Stanley is 32 years old at the start of War & Roses in January of 1470. He is the younger brother of Thomas the Lord of Stanley and King of Mann. SIr William was a squire at age twelve and was knighted by King Edward IV in the year 1465. He served for four years as a young squire to Yorkist partisan Sir Roger Haverston in the Welsh Marches.
When the War of the Roses began, William fought for the House of York at the Battle of Blore Heath in 1459. At Blore Heath he killed his brother-in-law, Sir Richard Molyneux of Sefton, husband of his eldest sister Elizabeth Stanley in personal combat. Sir Thomas fought at Wakefield in 1460, the Second Battle of St. Albans, and at Towton in March of 1461.
He later gained additional titles and lands after fighting for the House of York in the Battle of Hexham in May of 1464. Made the Lord of Skipton castle in the year 1465 by King Edward IV. Sir William fought at the Battle of Edgecote Moor in the year 1469 where he was wounded in the melee, slaying four Lancastrian knights with his sword. The Lord of Skipton is a Committed Yorkist and is married to Lady Joan Beaumont, younger sister of Viscount William Beaumont.