War and Roses 1470: The Kingmaker
John de la Pole
2nd Duke of Suffolk
Amateur Command Of Arms
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Commands 5 contingents of Irish mercenaries, 3 contingents of archers, 3 contingents of men-at-arms, and 2 knights wear his livery, Sir Henry Bagway and Sir Benjamin Troutbeck of Brimstage Hall.
John de la Pole the Duke of Suffolk is 29 years old in January 1470. He is the son of William de La Pole, the Duke of Suffolk and Lord High Admiral during the very end to the Hundred Years’ Wars in France. In the year 1457 Sir John married Elizabeth of York the daughter of Richard the Duke of York and younger sister of Edward of Rouen, later the Duke of York & Ulster and then King Edward IV after 1461. His arms are a fesse between three leopard’s heads on an azure field.
The Duke of Suffolk has fought at Mortimer’s Cross in the year 1461 under Edward of Rouen the Earl of March. The Duke of Suffolk fought at Towton for the House of Lancaster however and was wounded in the melee, killing two archers in the press before an arrow incapacitated him. During the Lancastrian Rising of 1464-1465 he marched under John Neville Earl Montagu’s command to the battlefield at Hedgley Moor in the year 1464 but his army did not engage the Lancastrians in battle on that day. Sir John returned to his estates in Suffolk soon after.
In the year 1465 he traveled to London to take part in King Edward’s final parliament before the usurpation in 1469 following the Yorkist defeat at Edgecote Moor. The Duke of Suffolk is Uncommitted. He has one heir currently with his wife Lady Elizabeth of York; his namesake, a nine year old boy.