War and Roses 1470: The Kingmaker
5th Baron Greystroke
+2 Command Points.
Commands 4 contingents of archers, 3 contingents of men-at-arms, 1 contingent of Scottish noble men-at-arms, and 5 contingents of Northumberland militia. 3 knights are sworn to him in addition; his son and heir, Sir Roger Greystroke, his bastard son, Sir Peter Armstrong, and Sir Simon Bulbeck of Berkshire.
Ralph Greystroke, know also as the Lord Grey, is an old lord of 62 years of age in January of 1470. He was the son of the 4th Baron of Greystroke Sir John and his wife Lady Elizabeth Greystroke. His ancestral home and family lands surrounds the Greystroke Manor in Northumberland. In 1436 he was married to Lady Isabel FitzHugh before riding to war against the Scots under the 2nd Earl of Northumberland. Sir Ralph fought and was wounded at the Battle of Piperdean in the same year in the total defeat of the Earl of Northumberland’s army by the Douglas Clan.
From 1439-1441, Baron Greystroke served in France. Sir Ralph came home to Northumberland in 1442 only to return to the continent a year later. He returned for good in 1446. In the year 1448, Lord Grey fought once again under the Earl of Northumberland at the Battle of Sark in southern Scotland. In the War of the Roses thus far, he has fought at St. Albans in 1455 for the house York, Wakefield in 1460 for the House of Lancaster and Towton in 1461 for the House Of York. His wife Lady Isabel died in the year 1468.
Sir Ralph is Uncommitted and has two children; his eldest child is thirty-eight year old Lady Beatrice and his son is thirty-four year old Sir Roger Greystroke. He is known to be a Trimmer and to be Slow to Arms.