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House of York

The House of York is a term sometimes applied to one of the opposing factions involved in the Wars of the Roses, an intermittent civil war which affected England and Wales during the 15th century.

The House of York was so called because its claimants to the throne were all descended from the first Richard, Duke of York.

The opponents of the House of York were were the House of Lancaster. The rivalry between York and Lancaster, in the form of the counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire, has continued into the present day on a more friendly basis.

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