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Baz
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The Parliament of Devils Coventry has played a major part in helping the Kings and Queens of the past. In 1404, King Henry IV summoned parliament to Coventry as he needed money to fight a rebellious uprising, including the revolt of Owain Glyndwr of Wales, who declared himself Prince of Wales in 1400. Coventry would have had its walls built by then and would have been a safe for a King to stay in times of conflict. It was also in the Lancastrian heart-lands (it was in 1301 when King Edward II became the first Prince of Wales, the title placed on every first born son of the monarchy ever since). On several occasions Coventry briefly served as the "second capitol" of England. During the Wars of the Roses, the Royal Court was moved to Coventry by Queen Margaret of Anjou, the wife of Henry VI. On several occasions between 1456 and 1459 parliament was held in Coventry. On 20th December 1459, The Parliament of Devils were called to the city. As King Henry VI had suffered a break-down, it was called by his wife, Queen Margaret to all 66 members of Lords to show their loyalty to the King. It was held in the chapter house of St. Mary's Priory. The meeting was started by the Bishop of Winchester, preaching the words 'Grace to you and peace be multiplied', but soon turned nasty as the government's purpose was undoubtedly to condemn York and his allies as traitors to the King. A bill accused twenty-seven persons of levying war against the King mainly at Blore Heath and Ludford Bridge. But the main people condemned as traitors on the day were: Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York Edward, Earl of March (the future King Edward IV) Edmund, Earl of Rutland Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury and his son - Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick. Edward, Earl of March was the first Yorkist King of England. With the support of his cousin Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, while Henry VI and Queen Margaret were campaigning in the north of England, Warwick gained control of London and had Edward declared King in 1461.
Always looking forward to looking at the past.

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