On this day in history, 12 August, in 1469, Execution of Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers and father to Queen Elizabeth Woodville, and his son John Woodville at Kenilworth on the order of the Earl of Warwick.
Richard Woodville, 1st Earl of Rivers, d. 1469, English nobleman. He was knighted (1426) by Henry VI and acquired wealth and power by marrying (c.1436) Jacquetta of Luxemburg, widow of John of Lancaster, duke of Bedford. He served in the wars in France and helped suppress the rebellion (1450) of Jack Cade in England. In the Wars of the Roses, Rivers fought for Henry VI until the Lancastrian defeat at Towton (1461). He then transferred his loyalty to the Yorkist Edward IV, to whom he gave his daughter Elizabeth in marriage in 1464. He and his family soon received extensive royal favors, Rivers himself becoming treasurer and then constable (1467) of England. He was created earl in 1466. The favoritism shown the Woodville faction embittered Richard Neville, earl of Warwick, who rebelled in 1469. Richard and John who were fighting on Edward’s side were captured and executed.