Henry Narrowly Escapes Edward IV – Winter of 1476
In the Winter of 1476, after five years of retaining the Tudors, Duke Francis relented to English demands and agreed to release Henry. Edward’s men escorted Henry to St. Malo where they would board a ship to England. Henry managed to escape and fled through the narrow streets all the while being pursued by Edward’s men, and found himself in a church cathedral where he could claim sanctuary (Edward’s armed men were not allowed in). After three days in hiding, Henry slipped out and made his way back to Brittany where the Duke apologized profusely and reaffirmed his allegiance to protect the Tudors. Henry and Jasper were reunited at the Chateau L’Hermine in the coastal town of Vannes where they would remain for the rest of their exile in Brittany.