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The Red Wyverns at Skipton Castle

It is June 1460. Henry VI is King of England and Lord John Clifford is master of Skipton Castle. However, the country is in the grip of a civil war between the supporters of the King, known as Lancastrians because Henry VI is also Duke of Lancaster; and supporters of his rival, Richard, Duke of York, whose supporters are known as Yorkists. Lord John Clifford is a prominent Lancastrian.


In 1455, Lord Thomas Clifford had been murdered by the Yorkists in St. Albans where he had been attending the King. His son, the twenty year old John became Lord John Clifford and swore revenge on those who had killed his father - the Duke of York and Richard Neville, the Earl of Salisbury. He began to raise and train soldiers - including the legendary ‘Flower of Craven' - and mounted a string of attacks on the property of the northern Yorkists - principally the Nevilles.


The Battles of Blore Heath and Ludford Bridge were fought in the autumn of 1459. Following their defeat at Ludford Bridge the Yorkist leaders fled to Ireland and France, but it soon became clear that the Duke of York had not abandoned hope of seizing the English throne. By May 1460, the Yorkists, with French help, had succeeded in raising an army and were poised to mount an invasion of England.


The Red-Wyvern Society is a historical re-enactment society. Whos objective is to re-create as many aspects of life as possible during the Fifteenth Century, which included the Hundred Years' War and the Wars of the Roses

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Taken on June 4, 2012