1480s in England
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Events from the 1480s in England.
- William Caxton publishes The Historie of Reynart the Foxe, the first English edition of the tale, and also his 1480 translation of Mirrour of the Worlde, the first book printed in England to include woodcut illustrations.
- 1481 or 1482 – Thomas de Littleton's Treatise on Tenures published posthumously, the first ever printed text on English law.
- 9 April – following the death of Edward IV, the 12-year-old Edward V becomes king with his uncle the Duke of Gloucester acting as regent.
- 13 June – summary execution at the Tower of London of William Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings for allegedly conspiring against the new king's life.
- 20 June – Richard becomes Richard III after Edward V is declared to be illegitimate by Parliament.
- 6 July – coronation of Richard III at Westminster Abbey following a procession on the Thames.
- August – disappearance of the Princes in the Tower, Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York.
- 8 September – Edward of Middleham is invested as Prince of Wales by his father the king at the Archbishop's Palace in York.
- October – a rebellion by Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham is crushed by Richard III.
- 2 November – Henry Stafford executed at Salisbury.
- Parliament passes the act Titulus Regius.
- William Caxton publishes his English translation of the Golden Legend, his most popular publication.
- 2 March – a royal charter is granted to the College of Arms, the official English heraldic authority, established in London.
- 26 March – William Caxton publishes his English translation of Aesop's Fables.
- July – Richard III establishes a judicial Council of the North.
- 21 September – Treaty of Nottingham: three-year truce between England and Scotland signed.
- 31 July – Thomas Malory's 1470 book Le Morte d'Arthur published by Caxton.
- August – start of serious outbreak of sweating sickness.
- 22 August
- 30 October – coronation of Henry VII at Westminster Abbey.
- 18 January – marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York uniting the House of Lancaster and the House of York.
- April – Henry defeats the Stafford and Lovell Rebellion.
- 20 September – birth of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York's eldest son Arthur at Winchester.
- 6 October – John Morton enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury.
- The Book of Saint Albans is published.
- First recorded use of the word 'football' to describe a game in which the ball is kicked.
- 24 May – Lambert Simnel is crowned King "Edward VI of England" in Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland. He claims to be Edward, Earl of Warwick and on 5 June lands in Furness with an army to challenge Henry VII for the throne.
- 16 June – Wars of the Roses: at the Battle of Stoke Field, the final battle of the conflict, the rebellion of pretender Lambert Simnel, led by John de la Pole, Earl of Lincoln and Francis Lovell, 1st Viscount Lovell, is crushed by troops loyal to Henry VII.
- 14 February – Treaty of Redon: England allies with Brittany against France.
- 26 March – the Treaty of Medina del Campo between England and Spain includes provision for a marriage between Arthur, the son of King Henry VII, and Princess Catherine of Aragon.
- 28 April – Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland murdered by protesters against new war tax; revolt quickly suppressed.
- 13 June – Battle of Dixmude: Anglo-Habsburg victory over France.
- 29 November – Arthur Tudor is named Prince of Wales.
- The Gold Sovereign is first issued.
- King Henry VII gives a city charter to Southwold.
- 4 April – Henry Bourchier, 1st Earl of Essex (born c. 1405)
- 9 April – King Edward IV of England (born 1442)
- June – William Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings (executed) (born 1431)
- 13 June – Richard Grey, half brother of Edward V of England (executed) (born 1458)
- 25 June – Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers (executed) (born 1442)
- 2 November – Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, politician (born 1454)
- George Nevill, Duke of Bedford (born 1457)
- Edmund Sutton, nobleman (born 1425)
- 16 March – Anne Neville, queen of Richard III of England (born 1456)
- 22 August (killed at the Battle of Bosworth)
- August – William Catesby, supporter of Richard III (executed) (born 1450)
- 17 October – John Scott of Scott's Hall, Warden of the Cinque Ports (born c. 1423)
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- Moody, T. W.; et al., eds. (1989). A New History of Ireland. 8: A Chronology of Irish History. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-821744-2.
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