Gervais Hendly’s father had lived through the reign of two kings, Henry VI and Edward IV. Henry sat on the throne of England twice, the first time for nearly forty years and the second for under six months. Gervais was probably born around the time Edward Earl of March arrived in Ravenspur to claim the throne of England, a time when Richard Duke of Gloucester was granted the forfeited lands of the Kingmaker (Middleham, Sheriff Hutton and Penrith) and the time of talk of a marriage for Richard to the aforementioned Warwick's daughter Anne. Gervais inherited his father's manor and a successful business in 1495, his marriage, into a another wealthy clothier family, would place him in close association with men whose actions forced them to flee the country when Richard III became king.
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