Edward IV (1442-1483) was the first English king from the House of York, a powerful branch of the Plantagenet dynasty.
His coronation took place in the midst of the bloody Wars of the Roses, an ongoing battle for the throne between the Plantagenet houses of York and Lancaster. Edward ruled from 1461 until his death in 1483, his term briefly interrupted by the restoration of Lancastrian king Henry VI in 1470-1471.
This is a genuine half inch strand of hair from one of England’s most important medieval rulers.
It comes presented on an 8 x 5.75 inch display card, perfect for framing.
Edward is best remembered for decisively crushing the House of Lancaster in the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471. His victory brought peace to a war torn kingdom (at least for the duration of his reign).
This lock of hair was taken when his tomb in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle was opened in 1789. This is a rare opportunity to own a keepsake connected with a key moment in English history.
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