The Chester Pageant – July 18th to 23rd 1910
Richard II is brought a prisoner to Chester, by Henry Bolingbroke, A D. 1399.
Chester was bound up closely in the exciting events which ended in the deposition and death of Richard II. and the accession of Henry IV.
Richard had exiled Henry Holingbroke and Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, in conse quence of a quarrel between these noblemen. Henry went to France, and after the death of his father, landed in Yorkshire, being joined quickly by a large force. Richard was in Ireland at the time, but on hearing the alarming news, he hastened to England and arrived at Conway, habited as a friar.
Henry marched to Chester, of which he obtained possession by crafty representations of his purpose, employing in the negotiations Robert and John Legh. Both were Cheshire men, who had received special marks of Richard’s favour.
Henry entered the City oil August 8th, being received in great state with a procession of all the religious orders. The next day, he treacherously beheaded Peter Legh, who, although a brother 01 Robert and John Legh, had remained loyal to Richard.
A fortnight later, the unhappy Richard arrived at Chester, the prisoner of Henry, who had so much “joy and satisfaction ” that “with great difficulty could the thunder of heaven have been heard for the loud noise of their instruments, horns and trumpets; insomuch that they made the seashore resound with them.”