[MR] Death of Richard II
Garth Groff and Sally Sanford
mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 14 02:58:09 PST 2019
February 14 in 1400 is the traditional death date for King Richard II of
England. Richard was deposed by Henry Bolingbroke, who had ostensibly
returned from French exile with an army merely to reclaim his lands. Henry
went just a bit further, and took the throne too. Richard surrendered to
Henry at Flint Castle and agreed to abdicate in exchange for his life.
After the two returned to London, Henry had Richard jugged in the Tower.
Later Henry was moved to Pontefract Castle in Yorkshire, where he is said
to have died by starvation.
You can read about Richard II at
Wikipedia also has a page about Pontefract Castle at
Pontefract Castle, now undergoing a major restoration, has a very
interesting page of its own, with some great photos of knights and others
in full costume: https://www.pontefractcastle.co.uk . In particular, check
out "Pontefract Castle Stories" under the "About Pontefract Castle"
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