1470s in England
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- Monarch – Edward IV (until 3 October 1470), Henry VI (starting 3 October 1470, until 11 April 1471), Edward IV (starting 11 April 1471)
- Regent – Edward, Prince of Wales (starting c. 4 July, until c. 20 September 1475)
- Parliament – 23rd of King Henry VI (starting 26 November 1470, until c. 11 April 1471), 4th of King Edward IV (starting 6 October 1472, until 14 March 1475), 5th of King Edward IV (starting 16 January, until 26 February 1478)
- 12 March – Wars of the Roses: House of York defeats rebel forces allied with Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick at the Battle of Losecoat Field.
- 20 March – the Battle of Nibley Green (in Gloucestershire) is the last fought between the private armies of feudal magnates in England.
- 2 October – Wars of the Roses: a rebellion orchestrated by King Edward IV's former ally the Earl of Warwick forces the King to flee England and seek support from his brother-in-law Charles the Bold of Burgundy.
- 6 October – Warwick releases Henry VI from the Tower of London and restores him to the throne.
- 14 March – Edward lands with a small force at Ravenspur in Yorkshire.
- 11 April – London surrenders to Edward.
- 14 April – Wars of the Roses
- 4 May – Wars of the Roses: at the Battle of Tewkesbury, King Edward defeats a Lancastrian army under Queen Margaret and her son, Edward of Westminster the Prince of Wales, who is killed.
- 21 May – Henry VI is murdered in the Tower of London.
- 3 July – Edward's brother, Richard of Gloucester becomes Constable and Admiral of England, with power over the north of the country.
- 14 February – Earl of Oxford surrenders and is pardoned but imprisoned.
- July – Treaty of London – England allies with Burgundy against France.
- September – Peace of Utrecht negotiates trade concessions between England and the Hanseatic League.
- The Lord Chancellor issues the first decree in his own name, beginning the independence of the Court of Chancery from the Curia regis.
- "Warkworth's" Chronicle concludes.
- 4 July – Burgundian Wars: Edward IV lands in Calais in support of Burgundy against France.
- 29 August – by the Treaty of Picquigny, France pays England compensation in return for peace and agrees to ransom Margaret of Anjou.
- Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye is the first book to be printed in English, by William Caxton in Bruges.
- Construction begins on the new hall of Eltham Palace.
- 15 January – Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York, aged four, is married to five-year-old Anne de Mowbray, 8th Countess of Norfolk.
- 18 February – George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is privately executed in the Tower of London on the order of the King.
- 17 December – first book printed in Oxford.
- Chapel and cloister of Magdalen College, Oxford completed, by architect William Orchard.
- William Caxton publishes the first printed copy of Canterbury Tales.
- 14 August – Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury (died 1541)
- 17 August – Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York, one of the Princes in the Tower (died 1483?)
- Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, Tudor politician (died 1555)
- Edward of Middleham, Prince of Wales, only son of Richard III of England (died 1484)
- Cuthbert Tunstall, prince-bishop of Durham and diplomat (died 1559)
- approximate date
- 14 March – Thomas Malory, author (born c. 1405)
- 14 April
- 4 May – Edward of Westminster (killed in battle) (born 1453)
- 6 May
- 21 May – King Henry VI of England (born 1421)
- Powicke, F. Maurice; Fryde, E. B., eds. (1961). Handbook of British Chronology (2nd ed.). London: Butler & Tanner Ltd. p. 38.
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