The Shrovetide festivities that would have included the play fell within the so-called Lancastrian Readeption, the seven months from October 1470 to April 1471 when Henry VI reclaimed the English throne during the struggles now called the War of the Roses.
This fact leads to the second commonality between the three men: they are the only three that can, with the evidence we possess, be directly tied to Edward IV and his Yorkist peers before and during the Readeption through bonds of local and household offices and marriage.
This curious vacuum of time led Smart to believe that the play must have been written or performed at some point during the Lancastrian Readeption. In October 1470, Edward IV fled the Lancastrian forces led by his cousin, Richard Neville, duke of Warwick, and his brother George, duke of Clarence, and left England for the Low Countries, ceding the kingdom to Henry VI.
Finally, a 1995 edition of the play by Knittel and Fatic supported a date outside of the Lancastrian Readeption, arguing that 'it is very doubtful that the name Edward would have been used while Henry was king and unlikely while there was any doubt as to who would win out in the struggle'.
Alington's name falls off the records from the Lancastrian Readeption of 1470 to 1471.
This biography indicates that although Alington's power was limited to East Anglia before the Readeption, he was also tied to Yorkist peers though his brother and his wife, and that possibly because of these personal ties he received the appointments he did.