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I was a little vague about the Stanley participation. So does this mean you'll be standing off to the side watching for an eventual winner before committing your sword?


Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby, KG (1435 ? 29 July 1504) was King of Mann, an English nobleman and stepfather to King Henry VII of England.


He was the son of Thomas Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley, and Joan Goushill, and a descendant of King Edward I of England. After the death of his father in 1459, Stanley inherited his father's titles, including that of King of Mann and Baron Stanley. Stanley owned what is now Tatton Park in Cheshire. Stanley remained in favour with successive kings throughout the Wars of the Roses until his death in 1504. His marriage to Eleanor, sister of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, did him no harm, even after Warwick was toppled from power. He took as his second wife Margaret Beaufort, whose son, Henry Tudor, was the leading Lancastrian claimant to the throne.


King Richard III had no choice but to continue to rely on Thomas Stanley and his brother, William, even after he had briefly imprisoned Thomas in 1483 on suspicion of conspiracy. At the Battle of Bosworth Field, the Stanleys deliberately hesitated before coming in on the side of the Lancastrians at a crucial moment, despite Richard holding Thomas's eldest son, Lord Strange, hostage for his father's continuing loyalty, and allegedly issuing the order for his execution. Following Richard's death, Thomas is supposedly to have retrieved the crown of England from the battlefield and placed it on the head of his own stepson. In recognition, Henry created him Earl of Derby on 27 October 1485, and his fortunes continued to flourish. His brother, William, made the mistake of supporting the pretender Perkin Warbeck, and was executed for treason in 1495.

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