Edward usually spent the Christmas season either at Westminster Palace or at Windsor or one of the other royal manors near London, but during the winter of 1474–1475 he was still pursuing his quest for money and had little time to spare for festivities. On Christmas Day he was at Coventry, and before he finished the “plucking of his magpies” he went as far north as Lincoln. But about the middle of January he came back to London, 1 and soon after Morton and Montgomery returned from Neuss.