This Day in History: 1455-03-09

On 9th March 1455, Lord Salisbury, chancellor and constable of the castle was relieved of his chancellorship for ignoring the order of Henry VI, on 3rd February 1455, to release the Duke of Exeter from Pontefract Castle. Henry Holland, Duke of Exeter, had been imprisoned for involving himself in the northern war between the Nevilles and the Percys, which was in direct disobedience to an oath all lords had taken to keep and respect royal authority during the illness of Henry VI.