Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers(1405-1469), Father-in-law of Edward IV
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A nobleman, best remembered as the father of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV. He was created Baron Rivers by Henry VI in 1448. Initially, he was on the Lancastrian side in the Wars of the Roses, but he later changed allegiances, and became a Yorkist, once he was convinced that the Lancastrian cause was lost, and he reconciled himself to the new king, his future son-in-law. After the marriage of his daughter, Elizabeth Woodville to Edward IV in 1464, Widville was created Earl Rivers and was appointed as Lord Treasurer. After the king's defeat at the Battle of Edgecote Moor in 1469, Rivers and his son John were taken prisoner; following a hasty trial, they were both beheaded.
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