War·beck(wôr′bĕk′), Perkin 1474?-1499.
Flemish pretender to the English throne. Posing as Richard, Duke of York, the son of Edward IV who was thought to have been murdered, he landed in Cornwall (1497), proclaimed himself king, and proceeded to London, where he was captured and hanged.
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