The Historical Pageant Of Chester – Episode VI

Episode VI

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.

2015-06-19_17-53-34Phoenix Tower. Chester.   [From an old print).

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.”


About the_joe_smoe

I started collecting Chester History in 2004 when my father got diagnosed with the terrible illness Alzheimers, i initially started to do family history to try and capture any memories he could recall (i got back to 1610 my wife side of the family & 1724 my side based on his initial recollections), to preserve them for my families future generations, when doing this i found his mind became very active talking about the past. Observing this i started to show old pictures of Chester, and the result was fantastic, he could recall many past scenarios , events, places etc. From this i started to collect all i could about Chester (no expense spared), with the view to try to keep his mind active, i have many pictures, postcards, books, adverts, etc which i would like to share, giving credit to the original authors where possible.
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