Edward was one of England's greatest warrior kings and at 6' 4" he was the tallest king in English history, he possessed courage and military skill as well as intelligence, and had he survived I like to think that the Lancastrian cause would not have stood chance. His potential was great.
But he didn't survive did he? He was dead at the age of just forty-one.
Edward was a complex character, he was well liked by his people, he was handsome, well built, strong and majestic. Yes, he was affable, but he was a fool, he was also ruthless, vengeful and irresponsible. In later years, for not thinking any further than personal pleasure, whether it be in bed or at table, Edward IV undermined all that his father worked so hard to achieve and shortened, not only the life of his younger brother, but the Plantagenet dynasty itself.
And for me, that was unforgivable.