The Chronicle of London

Rex Henricus Quartus



Thomas Knolles, groc', m'.

Will' Waldern, m'c'. Ao. po. Will' Hyde.

This yere, on the twelfthe day after Cristemasse, the erle of Kent, the erle of Hunt', the lord Spenser, Sr. Rauf Lumley, and manye othere knyghtes and squyres were purposyd to have sclayn the kyng and hise children at Wyndesore, and thoo that helde with them be a mommynge; but, as it fortuned, the kyng hadde warnynge; and anon he rood to London in gret haste, and made hym strong to ryde on hise adversaries afore said; the whiche lordes were assembled at Redynge, purposyng for to do as they hadde ment; and fro thens they come to Wyndesore, and deden moche harme thereaboughte. And whanne they hadde aspied that the kyng was forth to London, they token there wey to Surcetre, and made cryes be the weye, and at Surcetre also, seyenge that kyng Richard was up with alle Walys and Chestyrschire; and kyng Herry fledde to the tour of London: but for all that the toun aroos and toke them with grete strenkthe; and there they beheded the erle of Kent and the erle of Salesbury; also the erle of Huntyngton was beheded at Plasshe in Essex, the whiche was fled and wolde a passed the see to have brought in Frensshmen for to distroye Engelond; and he myghte have no wynd to brynge hym over, and he was take and beheded as it ys above seid. Also at Sucetre the same tyme was beheded Sr. Rauf Lumley; and at Oxenford were beheded Sr. Thomas Blount, Sr. Benet Cely, Thomas Wyntreshull squyer, and othere aboughte xxvij persones, and the hedes of the lordes sent to London. At Bristowe was beheded the lord Spenser, and there his hed sett up: afterward was taken Sr. Bernard Brocas, Sr. Thomas Schelley, Maudeleyn parson, Sr. William Fereby prest; and there were drawen, hanged, and beheded, at Tyborne. And anon after deyde kyng Richard in the castell of Ponfreyt, whos body was beryed at Langeley. Also in this yere of oure lord a m1cccc, the kyng rood into Scotlond. And in this yere began the werre in Walys be Oweyn of Glendore.

Thomas Knolles, grocer, mayor

William Waldern, m'c' William Hyde

This yere, on the twelfth day after Christmas, the earl of Kent, the earl of Huntingdon, the lord Spenser, Sir Ralph Lumly, and many other knights and squires were purposed to have slain the king and his children at Windsor and those that held with them to be silenced; but, as it fortuned, the king had warning, and anon he rode to London in great haste, and made himself stron to ride on his adversaries aforesaid; the which lords were assembeled at reading, ourposing for do do as they had meant; and from thence they came to Windsor, and did much harm thereabout. And when they had seen that the king was forth to London, they took their way to Cirenester, and made cries by the way, and at Cirenester also, saying that king Richard was up with all Wales and Chestershire; and king Henry fled to the tower of London, but for all that the town arose and took them with great strength; and there was beheaded the earl of Kent and the earl od Salisbury; also the earl of huntingdon was beheaded at Plesshe in Essex, the which was fled and would have passed the sea to have brought in Frenchmen for to destroy England; and he had no wind to take him over, and he was taken and beheaded as it is said above. Also at Cirenester the same time was beheaded Sir Ralph Lumley; and at Oxford were beheaded Sir Thomas Blount, Sir Benet Cely, Thomas Wintershull esquire, and other about twenty seven persons, and the heads of the lords sent to London.At bristol was beheaded the lord Spenser, and there his head set up; afterwards was taken Sir Bernard Brocas, Sir Thomas Shelley, Madelaine Parsons, Sir William Fereby, priest; and they were drawn, hanged and beheaded at tyburn. And anon after died king Richard in the castle of Pontefract, whos body was buried at Langley. Also in this year of our lord 1400 the king rode to Scotland. And in this yere began the war in Wales by Owain Glendower.

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