The Yorkists were looking to remove Henry VII from the throne and replace him with pretender Lambert Simnel, who they claimed was Edward, Earl of Warwick, son of George, Duke of Clarence. Although Warwick was actually imprisoned in the Tower of London at this time, Simnel was crowned King Edward VI in Dublin on 24th May 1487. The Yorkist forces had some success against the Lancastrians in early June, but the Battle of Stoke Field was a decisive Lancastrian victory. Although the Yorkist forces were swelled by 1500-2000 German mercenaries led by Martin Schwarz, an expert commander, by the time they met Henry VII's forces at Stoke Field they were outnumbered. It is thought that Henry VII's forces numbered up to 15,000, while the rebels only had around 8,000.
Before three hours was up, the battle was over. Around 4,000 men were lost on the Yorkist side, among them Lincoln and Fitzgerald. Lovell is thought to have escaped and fled to Scotland. Lambert Simnel, who was only about ten years old, was spared by Henry VII, who put him to work in his kitchens. Simnel later became a falconer.
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