Edward IV, the Earl of Warwick and the Yorkist Claim to the Throne



This note and document discusses a grant made by Edward IV to Richard Neville, earl of Warwick, in March 1463. The content of the document, which provides valuable detail on the relationship between Edward and Warwick during their exile in Calais in 1459–60, is explained and amplified. Particular attention is paid to one striking phrase that may cast new light on the dynastic politics of the period. A possible interpretation is advanced, supported by additional relevant primary material, and its implications considered in terms of the broader historiographical debate concerning the motives of the Yorkist party at this stage of the civil war.