War and Roses 1470: The Kingmaker
Lord High Constable of England, Constable of the Tower of London & Lord Deputy of Ireland
Amateur Command of Arms
+1 Attack rating bonus in Personal Combat.
Man of Letters
The Earl of Worcester receives a +2 Judgement
bonus to any non-combat test rolls.
Commands 2 contingents of archers, 1 contingent of men-at-arms, 1 contingent of German mercenaries, and 1 detachment of spies.
John Tiptoft the Earl of Worcester is 43 years old at the start of the War & Roses. The Earl of Worcester is known throughout England to both Yorkists and Lancastrians as the “Butcher of England”. He currently holds the titles Lord High Constable of England, Constable of the Tower of London, and Lord Deputy of Ireland. In the Wars of the Roses he fought at the Second Battle of St. Albans and at Towton in 1461. He is known as a brutal and bloodthirsty man who has seen to 344 executions whilst serving as the Lord High Constable of England as of January 1470. The Earl of Worcester’s arms are a chevron between three white owls on a field of sable.
In his youth he studied at Oxford for five years and then later fought in France under the Duke of Somerset, Sir John Beaufort, and Richard, the Duke of York, from 1440 until the year 1446. From 1447-1448 and then from 1450-1456, Sir John served as a soldier of fortune in the East, fighting against the Turks in the Christian kingdoms of Wallachia, Moldavia, and Bulgaria. Created the Earl of Worcester after he married Lady Cecily Neville, daughter of Richard the Earl of Salisbury in the year 1449, however Lady Cecily died just a year later and he remains unmarried.
Sir John has traveled throughout the continent as an envoy to the Pope in Italy and as an envoy to the court of King Frederick III of Germany. He made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1457 and lived for three years in Italy. He purchased thousands of books during his travels abroad and has translated hundreds from Latin to English. The Earl of Worcester has adopted the tactic of impaling condemned enemy partisans and lords-killing scores of Welsh and Lancastrian men along the border and within sight of the Welsh Marches . Tiptoft has no heirs and is a Committed Yorkist.