Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, also called 6th Earl of Salisbury, by name the Kingmaker, (born November 22, 1428—died April 14, 1471, Barnet, Hertfordshire, England). An English nobleman called “the Kingmaker,” in reference to his role as arbiter of royal power during the first half of the Wars of the Roses (1455–85) between the houses of Lancaster and York. He obtained the crown for the Yorkist king Edward IV in 1461 and later restored to power (1470–71) the deposed Lancastrian monarch Henry VI.

He was the son of Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury (died 1460). He became, through marriage, Earl of Warwick in 1449 and thereby acquired vast estates throughout England.

Earl of Warwick is one of the most prestigious titles in the peerages of the United Kingdom. The title has been created four times in English history, and the name refers to Warwick Castle and the town of Warwick.

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