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York LeadershipRichard Duke of York Richard Neville Earl of Salisbury Richard Neville Earl of WarwickLancastrian LeadershipHumphrey Stafford Duke of Buckingham Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke of Somerset Thomas 8th Lord CliffordNotable DeathsThomas 8th Lord Clifford Henry Percy 2nd Earl of Northumberland Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke of Somerset In early February 1455 Henry VI recovered his health and the protectorate of the Duke of York came to an end Parliament was disolved Yorks ally the Duke of Salisbury was dismissed from the office of Chancellor and Yorks enemy the Duke of Somerset was released from the Tower As soon as York lost his position of power a Lancastrian backlash against his supporters followed The battlelines were soon drawn for the first battle of the Wars of the Roses The Yorkists the Duke of York Richard Neville Earl of Salisbury and Richard Neville Earl of Warwick soon left London and the Lancastrians King Henry and his queen the Duke of Somerset and the Percy family consolidated their return to power The king met with his advisors on 21 April and it was decided that a council for all the nobles of the land would be held in May in Leicester to try to resolve the conflict Instead of obeying the summons York Salisbury and Warwick travelled towards London with three-thousand men at arms York was convinced that the council was a trap and hoped to intercept the king on his way there When they reached Hertfordshire York issued a statement to the people declaring that they meant no harm to the king but were attempting to protect themselves from their enemies The king sent a letter to York stating that if he did not disband his army he would be regarded as a traitor On receiving no reply the Lancastrians left London on 21 May with an army of about two thousand men The king later received a letter from York however and in it York protested that
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