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Battle of St Albans (1455)

The Battle of St Albans was the first battle of the Wars of the Roses between the House of York and House of Lancaster and took place in the town of St Albans on May 22, 1455. Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York and his ally Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick defeated the Lancastrian forces under the command of Edmund, Duke of Somerset who was killed in the battle in less than an hour. Lancastrian King Henry IV was captured and Richard assumed power by appointing himself the Protector of the Realm.

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