Time line of major events in the year of 1471:
March – Yorkist Edward IV returns to England and the throne
April 14 – The Battle of Barnet, King Edward IV defeats the Lancastrian army led by Richard Neville, The 16th Earl of Warwick. Warwick is killed in the battle.
May 4 – The Battle of Tewkesbury, King Edward IV defeats the Lancastrian army led by Queen Margaret and her son Edward the Prince of Wales. The Prince of Wales is killed in the battle.
May 21 – King Henry VI is murdered while imprisoned, eliminating all Lancastrian opposition.
July 26 – Pope Paul II dies
August 9 – Pope Sixtus IV becomes the 212th Pope.