This Day in History: 1452-03-01

On March 1st 1452, Richard Duke of York – owner of Sandal Castle – disbands his army at Dartford on hearing that King Henry VI had agreed to his demand to arrest Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset. Richard would subsequently meet Henry in the king’s tent, only to find that he had been deceived and that Somerset stood at Henry’s side. Richard was seized and taken prisoner in front of the man who would now be his arch rival. Somerset had won another victory over the Duke of York.