Others call Warwick “The Kingmaker,” because he is so ruthlessly effective in placing Edward on the throne and keeping him here, until Edward proves difficult to control and starts making his own decisions that are ‘irrational’ in Warwick’s mind. Instead of marrying the French princess for an alliance, he marries Elizabeth Woodville for love. As Warwick loses control over the king, he sees to place someone else on the throne who he can control, namely, Edward’s impulsive brother George. Through various logical mechanisms, he raises armies, enters and fights in wars, sends his family abroad to keep them safe (resulting in the loss of his grandchild in a premature labor), and marries his daughter Anne off without sentiment to the Bad Queen’s cruel son, all to get what he wants. Emotions have no place in his decision making, and he scorns others who allow their feelings to blind their judgment. Warwick tends to have an authoritarian manner and to want to control his children. His feelings rarely, if ever, truly rise to the surface. He is attentive to the mythology of monarchs and how these things work; he does not like it when Edward breaks with tradition and marries a commoner, when he ought to be forging royal alliances with the princess of France. Warwick is attentive to details, and unafraid to re-establish a demolished monarchy if it gets him what he wants. He believes in traditional gender roles and ascribes to the wide belief systems of the time when it comes to women’s rights. His alliances shift with the wind, whenever he sees a new possibility, and he wavers back and forth on them; he is not settled on a single monarch but willing to change, embrace new possibilities, and scheme on multiple levels. Warwick doesn’t commit to a single purpose but is able to quickly change gears, forge a new alliance, make up a new marital contract for his daughter, and pursue a new conquest easily. He is open to new methods of doing things and rarely settled upon one potential outcome; he wants to consider them all.

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A domineering and powerful man, Warwick is all about gaining and maintaining authority; when Edward refuses to listen to him, Warwick decides their friendship be damned, he will find another king he can control. He is an effective tactician, but also pushes away his feelings so severely, he can be quite hurtful to his daughters in how he uses them to broker marital alliances, without regard to their feelings (Isabel, in tears, realizes “this marriage isn’t about me or my happiness; it’s all about Father’s ambitions”). He often engages in screaming matches with his companions, and scorns any tender feelings. To prove to his men he won’t flee the battlefield or abandon them, Warwick kills his own horse and does not back down until the last. His 9 wing makes him less hedonistic than Edward, and quicker to back down from a fight; instead, he simply decides to replace anyone he dislikes.