RIVERS , '
See also:RICHARD WOODVILLE, or WYDEVILLE,
See also:EARL (d . 1469), was a member of a
See also:family of small importance long settled at Grafton in
See also:Northamptonshire . His
See also:father, Richard Woodville, was a '
See also:squire to
See also:Henry V., and afterwards the trusted servant of
See also:John of
See also:Bedford, in whose
See also:interest he was
See also:constable of the Tower during the troubles with Humphrey of
See also:Gloucester in 1425 . The younger Richard Woodville was knighted by Henry VI. at
See also:Leicester in 1426 . He served under Bedford in France, and after his
See also:death married his widow Jacquetta of Luxemburg . The mesalliance caused some
See also:scandal, but Woodville enjoyed the
See also:king's favour and continued to serve with
See also:honour in subordinate positions in France . He also distinguished himself at jousts in
See also:London (
See also:Chronicles of London, 146, 148) . On the 9th of May 1448 Henry VI. created him Baron Rivers . His associations made him a strong Lancastrian . For some years he was
See also:lieutenant of
See also:Calais in Henry's interests . In 1459, when stationed at
See also:Sandwich to prevent a Yorkist landing, he was surprised by
See also:Sir John Dinham, and taken prisoner with his son Anthony to the earl of
See also:Warwick at Calais . He was, however, released in
See also:time to fight for Henry VI. at
See also:Towton .
Early in the reign of
See also:Edward IV . Rivers recognized that the Lancastrian cause was lost and made his peace with the new king . The
See also:marriage of his eldest daughter,
See also:Elizabeth,. widow of Sir John
See also:Grey of Groby, to Edward on the 1st of May 1464, secured the fortunes of his family . Rivers was appointed treasurer on the 4th of
See also:March 1466, and a little later created earl . Elizabeth found
See also:great affiances for her younger
See also:brothers and sisters, and the
See also:Wood -ville influence became all-powerful at
See also:court . The power of this new family was very distasteful to the old baronial party, and especially so to Warwick . Early in 1468 Rivers's estates were plundered by Warwick's partisans, and the open war of the following
See also:year was aimed to destroy the Woodvilles . After the king's defeat at Edgecot, Rivers and his second son, John, were taken prisoners at
See also:Chepstow and executed at
See also:Kenilworth on the 12th of
See also:August 1469 . Rivers had a large family . His third son, Lionel (d . 1484), was
See also:bishop of
See also:Salisbury . All his daughters made great marriages: Catherine, the
See also:sixth, was wife of Henry Stafford, 2nd duke of
See also:Buckingham (q.v.) .
RIVERS, ANTHONY WOODVILLE, or WYDEVILLE, 2ND EARL (...
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