War and Roses 1470: The Kingmaker
Lord Grey & Earl of Kent
All infantry and cavalry attacks cost
-1 Command Point in battle.
Commands 5 contingents of archers, 4 contingents of men-at-arms, 6 contingents of levies, and 3 detachments of mounted spears. 2 knights wear his livery, Sir Geoffrey Mooten and Sir Simon Cole.
Baron Grey of Ruthin castle and Earl of Kent is 54 years old in 1470. The son of Sir John Grey he is a great-grandson of Sir John of Gaunt the Duke of Lancaster through his mother Lady Constance Holland. He fought in the Hundred Years’ War from 1445-1447. In 1448 he fought under the 2nd Earl of Northumberland against the Scots at the Battle of Sark. He returned to France in the year in 1450 and was bloodied at the Battle of Formigny.
Sir Edmund is most famous or infamous, depending on where one’s allegiance lays, for his role in the Battle of Northampton in 1460. Though he protected King Henry VI’s camp at the start of the battle he allowed the Earl of Warwick to flank the the Royalist defences when he ordered his 1200 men to drop their weapons and quit the field. The Earl of Warwick’s men subsequently took the camp virtually unchallenged killing many Lancastrians and capturing KIng Henry VI.
Because of this many Lancastrians despise Lord Grey though many more view him more favorably including Viscount William Beaumont and Henry Holland the Duke of Exeter. Lord Grey later fought at the Battle of Towton in 1461 for King Edward IV where he lost his only brother Sir Gilbert of Kent and where he too was grievously wounded. The Earl of Kent owns a large manor in the Pale of Ireland as well as his estates in Kent and around Ruthin castle in the Vale of Clywd, Wales. Lord Grey did not participate in the usurpation of King Edward in 1469. He is is unmarried and is Uncommitted and is known to be a Trimmer and to be Treacherous.