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Household man of King Edward IV

Portchester Castle in Hampshire hosted a 15th century "Wars of the Roses" event organised by The White Company during the mid 1990s.


A Household official of Edward IV wears his lord's livery of murrey [wine red] and blue with the white rose and sunburst on his breast. Despite claims by Shakespeare and others the roses badges were not primary badges. Edward used the Sun and his father's falcon in a fetterlock badges while the Lancastrians avoided the red rose in favour of the royal badges, stressing their claim to the throne rather reminding people of their former title of Duke of Lancaster.


At the Battle of Bosworth King Richard III's men would have worn the same colours but with the white boar as their livery badge instead of Edward's sunburst.


More photos of this event can be viewed here:

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Taken on February 23, 2006