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February 17, 1461 - Lancastrian forces win the Second Battle of St. Albans.  Pressing south after defeating Yorkist forces at the Battle of Wakefield in December 1460, Lancastrian troops guided by Queen Margaret (right) learned that the Earl of Warwick had blocked their path to London and built defenses at St. Albans.  Swinging west through Dunstable, the Lancastrians conducted on night march on February 16/17 that saw them approach St. Albans from the south.  Overwhelming the archers tasked with defending the town, they succeeded in shattering part of Warwick's army on Bernards Heath.  Later attempts by Warwick to rescue the situation failed and he was forced to withdraw.  In the wake of the fighting, the Lancastrians recovered King Henry VI who had been a prisoner of the Yorkists. 

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