ohn de la Pole, Earl of Lincoln, was the son of Elizabeth, sister to Edward IV. He assisted Lambert Simnel's false claim to be Edward the Earl of Warwick. The real Earl of Warwick had been imprisoned by Henry VII in the Tower of London because he was the nephew of Edward IV and a rightful heir to the English throne. John de la Pole landed in Ireland in May of 1487 with some German mercenaries. The Irish crowned Simnel as Edward VI in Dublin and supported an invasion force. They landed on the Lancashire coast, but Henry was prepared and the two armies met at Stoke on 16th of June. The fight could have gone either way but Henry's army won the battle. Lincoln was killed and Lambert Simnel was captured.
Lambert Simnel arrived in Ireland claiming to be Edward Plantagenet, Earl of Warwick, one of the young boys who had been locked up in the Tower of London by Richard III because they were rivals to the English Crown. John de la Pole, Earl of Lincoln who himself had a claim to the throne backed Simnel's claim and raised funds and an army. When they landed in Ireland Simnel was crowned by the Irish at Dublin as Edward VI. ¹
Henry VII fought the Earl of Lincoln and Lambert Simnel at the Battle of Stoke. The English throne was at stake. Simnel was captured and Lincoln was killed. This battle ended the Wars of the Roses. The king realised Simnel was just a puppet in Lincoln's scheme and pardoned the young boy. ¹
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Selection of references used:
1. Alison Plowden, The House of Tudor, 1976, ISBN:0-7509-1890-X