In the Wars of the Roses the year 1471 had several major events which changed everything, it was a very exciting year.
March – Yorkist Edward IV secretly returns to England to reclaim 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 and his younger brother John Neville, the 1st Marquess of Montagu are 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 and Edmund Beaufort, the 4th Duke of Somerset is executed.
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.