The Chronicle of London

Rex Ricardus Secundus


Drugo Barentyn, goldsmyth, m'.

John Wade. John Warv'.

Ye schull wete that Thomas the son and heyre of Richard the erle of Arundell, whiche Thomas after the deth of his fadir was duellynge in houshold with Sr. John Holand duke of Excetre, and holden at no reputacion but alwey in gret repref and dispite, in moche disese and sorwe of herte, thorugh helpe of William Scot mercer of London privyly in a gromys clothynge, sailed over the see and cam to his uncle the erchebysshop of Caunterbury, that tyme beynge at Coloigne. Ferthermore in this yere deyde the duke of Lancastre, and lith entered at seynt Poules at London. Also in this yere after Estren, in the lattere ende of the yere of the conquest of kyng Richard, the same kyng Richard sailed the secounde tyme into Irlond; and he hadde with hym amonges othere Herry the eldeste sone of the duke of Hereford, whom he made knyght in Irlond; and the saide kyng Richard was there too monthes and sumwhat more. And in the mene tyme cam in Herry duke of Hereford, for his fadir the duke of Lancastre was ded, for whiche he cam to cleyme his heritage, and broughte with hym Thomas of Arundell the erchebysshop of Caunterbury whiche was exiled; and also he broughte with hym hys sone Thomas, and also Thomas the erles son of Arundell to cleyme his herytage; and they landed in the north contre, at a place that is clepyd Ravenspore besyde Bedlyngton. And anon as they were landed there comen to hym hastyly the erle of Northumberlond and Sr. Herry his sone, and the erle of Westmerland, Robert of Watton, and manye othere lordes and gentiles of the north contre. And thanne the seid duke of Hereford with alle tho above seid reden to Chestre with gret strenkthe. And anon as the kyng herde telle that duke Herry was come, he hied hym out of Irlond into Engelond, in hope to be strong ayens hys enemys: and as sone as the peple of the kynges herde telle that the duke was landed, alle the kynges meyne into lytell turned ayens the kyng, and wenten ayeyns his adversaryes, that seynge the kyng withdrowe hym to the castell of Flynt. And the duke with his lordes and gentiles comen to the castell of Bristoll, and there they token Sr. William Scrop thanne erle of Wyltshire and tresorer of Engelond, Sr. Herry Grene, Sr. John Busshy, and Perkyn of Lee: and on the xxx day of Juyll they were beheded as for traytours. And whanne they hadde so don they reden ayeyne to Chestre, and thider to them cam kyng Richard in pees. And thanne the kyng and the duke and the othere seid lordes reden in fere to Londonward: and in the firste day of Septembre they comen to London everych on: and in the morwe suynge kyng Richard was put into the tour of London tyl tyme that the parlement, whiche began at Westm' on seynt Jeromys day the laste day of Septembre; whiche day, in the tour of London, kyng Richard resigned his dignyte in this yere of his regne xxiij; and duke Herry was be generall accorded in parlement chosyn kyng, his regne thanne begynnynge, and sithen crowned. Thanne was Sr. John Slake at Westm', dene of the kynges chapell, arested and put in prison in Ludgate, and othere certeyn monkes of Westm'. Also Sr. William Bagot, knyght, was arested besyde Develyn in Irlond, and brought to London.

Drugo Barentyn, goldsmith, mayor.

John Wade. John Warv'.

You shall know that Thomas the son and heir of Richard the earl of Arundel, which Thomas, after the death of his father was dueling in household with Sir john Holland, duke of Exeter, and held at no reputation butalways in great reproof and despite, in much disease and sorrow of heart, through the help of William Scot, mercer of London, provately in grooms cloting, sailed over the sea and came to his uncle the archbishop of Canterbury, who was at that time in Cologne. Furthermore in this year died the duke of Lancaster, and lies buried at Saint Pols in London. Also in this year after Easter, in the later end of the year of the conquest of king Richard, the same king Richard sailed the secon time to Ireland; and he had among others Henry the eldest son of the duke of Hereford, whom he made a knight in Ireland: and the said king Richard was there two months and somewhat more. And in the meantime came came Henry, duke of Hereford, for his father the duke of Lancaster had died, for which he came to claim his heritage, and brought thomas of Arundel, the archbishop of Canterbury, who was exiled; and also he brought with him his son Thomas, and also thomas the earl of Arundel's son, to claim his heritage; and they landed in the north country, at a place called Ravenspur, near Bedlington. And as soon as they were landed ther came to him hastily the earl of Northumberland and Sir Henry his son, and the earl of Westmoreland, robert of Watton, and may other lords and gentles of the north country. And then the said duke of Hereford with all the abovesaid rode to Chester in great strength. And as soon as the king hear tell that duke Henry had come, he took him self out of Ireland into England, in hope to be strong against his enemys: And as soon as the people of the king heard that the duke was landed, all the kings men turned against the king, and went against his adversaries, saying the king had withdrawn himself to the castle of Flint. and the duke with his lords and gentles came to the castle of Bristol, and there they took Sir William Scrope, then earl of Wiltshire and treasurer of England, Sir Henry Greene, Sir john Busshy, and Perkyn of Lee: and on the thirtieth day of July they ere beheaded as traitors. and when they had done so they rode again to Chester, and there came king Richard in peace. And then the king and the duke and the other said lords rode towards London, and in the first day of September thay came to London, every one: And in the morning king Richard was put in the tower of London, until the time that the parliament, which began at Westminster on Saint Jerome's day the last of September; the which day, in the tower of London, king Richard resigned his dignity in the twenty third year of his reign; and duke Henry was by general accord in parliament chosen king, his reign then beginning, and since crowned. Then was Sir John Slake at westminster, dean of the king's chapel, arrested and put in prison at Ludgate, and certain other monks of Westminster. Also William Bagott, knight, was arrested in Devlin in Ireland, and brought to London.

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