Perkin Warbeck (c.1474-99) was a pretender to the English throne in the reign of Edward VII. He claimed to be Richard, Duke of York, one of the ‘Princes in the Tower’ (sons of Edward IV allegedly murdered by their uncle Richard III). Warbeck maintained that his brother Edward V had been murdered, but that he had been spared because of his youth and innocence. Warbeck led an unsuccessful rebellion against Henry VII and was captured at Beaulieu by the mayor of Southampton in 1497. A reward of £40 was paid to the mayor by the king. The details of the payment appear in the town records for that year.

Perkin Warbeck

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Further reading:
‘Perkin Warbeck and the Mayor of Southampton’, by Sue Woolgar, in Fosmag Magazine, No. 63, Autumn 2008, p14. (HS/lt)


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