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What were the key events that led to the War of the Roses occurring in England during the 15th century. Was there any particular event that was the tipping point?

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Thanks Seth for the edit – canadiancreed Oct 11 '11 at 21:08
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One of the events that led to the War of the Roses was the birth of a son, Edward, Prince of Wales, to (Lancastrian) King Henry VI, and his Queen, Margaret of Anjou.

Prior to that time, Richard, Duke of York (a cousin) had been next in line to the throne, and therefore had no incentive to fight. The birth of Henry's son "disinherited" him.

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Did he have any justification for claiming the throne? From what you say, it seems that there is no ambiguity in the succession rule in this case. – Louis Rhys Feb 6 '13 at 16:46
The king tended to go bonkers every so often. – Oldcat Nov 21 '14 at 20:14

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