Today in the Middle Ages: October 3, 1470

The readeption of previously deposed King Henry VI of England occurred on October 3, 1470. The mentally ill king had to be led by the hand during the celebratory parade.

Henry had lost his throne to Edward, Earl of March, subsequently Edward IV of England, in 1461, kicking off the Wars of the Roses. Edward was a noble of York and the older brother of Richard of Gloucester, the future Richard III. The politics surrounding these events were intricate, and Henry got his throne back briefly, only to lose it again to the house of York the following year. The fluctuating fortunes of the Yorks are intriguingly fictionalized in Josephine Tey's classic The Daughter of Time.