It was at this point that a famous incident is supposed to have taken place, though contemporary evidence for it is lacking. A large group of nobles was taking the air in the gardens of the Temple Church in the city of London during a court meeting when York entered through one gate and Somerset a few seconds later by way of another. York then picked a white rose from a bush in the garden, the white rose being a heraldic badge associated with his family. Somerset promptly picked a red rose from a different bush. Warwick then picked a white rose, followed by nobles supporting York, while those backing Somerset hurried to pick red roses and those unwilling to commit themselves in so obviously a dangerous dispute rushed to get out of the garden.
Whatever the truth of the events in the Temple Gardens, York retired to his estates, but Margaret would not let him be. She began putting together an alliance of nobles with grudges against York and Warwick, then sounded out lawyers as to grounds to charge York with treason.
from The Battle of Northampton 1460 by Rupert Matthews.
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