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Mortimer's Cross, battle of

Mortimer's Cross, battle of, 1461. The young earl of March (the future Edward IV) was at Gloucester when his father was defeated and killed at Wakefield. He marched north to intercept a strong Lancastrian force under the earl of Wiltshire and Jasper Tudor, earl of Pembroke, whom he defeated on 2 February at Mortimer's Cross, 4 miles south of Wigmore. On the morning of the battle, the Yorkists claimed three suns in the sky as a good omen. This was Edward's first important victory. Owen Tudor, Pembroke's father and grandfather of the future Henry VII, was taken prisoner in the fight and beheaded in Hereford market-place.

J. A. Cannon

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Mortimer's Cross

Mortimer's Cross, battlefield, Herefordshire, W England, near Leominster. It was the scene of a battle (Feb. 2, 1461) in the Wars of the Roses (see Roses, Wars of the), which ended with a decisive victory for the Yorkist forces under Edward, duke of York, over the Lancastrians. Edward then marched to London, where he proclaimed himself King Edward IV.

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