Henry VI Haiku

“He died of sadness,”

Says King Edward. “Bloody knife?

Silly you. That’s jam.”

Henry VI of England died (was totally shanked by Edward IV’s dudes) 547 years ago – another fun episode in that riveting family drama known as the War of the Roses. He became king when he was nine months old and continued to be about as effective as a baby. Stronger personalities, such as his wife Margaret of Anjou, called the shots. Then he was deposed by his cousin Edward IV, reinstated, and deposed again.

There the dynastic squabbling might have ended, had Edward IV not debauched himself into an early grave, leaving behind two young and easily ‘misplaced’ sons.

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