Blore Heath, battle of

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Blore Heath, battle of, 1459. Warwick's father, the earl of Salisbury, supported the duke of York in 1459 when he rebelled against Henry VI. He marched from Yorkshire to join York, who was in Wales, near Ludlow. Royalist forces mustered under Lord Audley at Market Drayton to prevent the junction and attacked Salisbury's men on Blore Heath, 3 miles east of the town, on 23 September. Audley was defeated and slain, and Salisbury joined York. The following year he fought on York's side in the defeat at Wakefield and was beheaded after the battle.

J. A. Cannon