The History of Warwick Castle - the Wars of the Roses
History moved on and England enters the period of civil disorder
and political instability known as the Wars of the Roses.
Richard Neville, the 16th Earl of Warwick, was a Yorkist, and
when he helped Edward IV the son of the Duke of York, to become
king he became very powerful. He then argued with the King and
was branded a traitor. Warwick then changes allegiances and
turns Lancastrian when he defeats Edward IV and restores Henry
VI to power! He is given the name 'Warwick the Kingmaker'.
Warwick the Kingmaker loses his life at the Battle of Barnet
when Edward IV defeats and kills him. The following Earls of
Warwick are branded as traitors and executed, temporarily ending
the title of the Earl of Warwick...
The History of Warwick Castle - the Castle of the Kings
Richard III took ownership of Warwick Castle until he fell in
the Battle of Bosworth Field to Henry Tudor. The Tudor Kings
also keep Warwick Castle to themselves ensuring the power and
influence of the nobility is contained!
The History of Warwick Castle - the John Dudley and the tragic
Lady Jane Grey
The History of Warwick castle enters another period of murder,
executions, treachery and intrigue starting with the short reign
of King Henry VIII's son Edward V. John Dudley is created the
Earl of Warwick, Chancellor of England and Duke of
Northumberland which makes him the most powerful noble in
England. The young King was sick and Dudley realises that if the
King dies, and either of his sisters take the crown, that Dudley
will lose his power and probably his head. John Dudley plots
with the Earl of Suffolk and arranges the marriage of his son,
Guildford Dudley, to the Suffolk's daughter, Lady Jane Grey. The
young king dies and Lady Jane Grey, John Dudley's
daughter-in-law is pronounced Queen of England. She only reigns
for nine days and the rightful Queen Mary takes the crown. The
powerful John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, was beheaded for
treason. The earldom of Warwick is granted to the Rich family
but Warwick Castle is passed to Sir Fulke Greville. A poet and
courtier Sir Fulke Greville was murdered and his ghost is said
to haunt Warwick Castle.
The History of Warwick Castle - the Civil War and Warwick castle
is put under siege by the Royalists
An ardent Puritan, Sir Robert Greville, Earl of Warwick, was
imprisoned by King Charles I for refusing to take an oath to
fight for the king. He became an active member of the
parliamentary party. In 1642 Civil war broke out between King
and parliament and Warwick Castle successfully withstands a
siege by Royalist troops.
The History of Warwick Castle - the castle is improved
Charles II was restored to the throne and the history of Warwick
Castle saw its bloody role decline and the castle saw many
improvements including those of Capability Brown who was
employed by Francis Greville to lay out the grounds of Warwick
Castle. The castle became palatial with some wonderful
The History of Warwick Castle survives two World Wars but is
nearly destroyed by Fire!
In 1978 the Earl of Warwick's son, David, sold the Castle to the
Tussard's group, the company which owns Madame Tussaud's in
London. The History of Warwick castle concludes as the Tussard's
group carry out extensive restorations to the castle and open it
to the public.