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King Henry IV
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King Henry IV of England

 

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It is interesting that at a time when Richard II had rebellious barons exiled or executed, he elevated Henry from Earl of Derby to Duke of Hereford. What did King Henry IV think about his cousin Richard having a seven-year-old as an heir?

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It was probably necessary for Richard to name an heir.  The Mortimers were directly descended from Lionel of Antwerp, his father's next oldest brother.  We have the luxury of hindsight, but no one in the late 14th century expected Richard not to remarry (as he did to a very young child) and to have children of his own. The Mortimer heir was simply an attempt to keep the many descendants of Edward II and III from squabbling over the throne.  

Henry IV was, if one believed him, more interested in maintaining his claims to his father's huge estates and to rid himself of the taint of treason, being a member of the Lords Appellant.  He wouldn't much have cared whom Richard named as an heir to the throne until he decided to seize it for himself, and the point he did that is, like his birthdate, still unclear

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It was interesting to learn that Henry IV thought of going on the crusade to Barbary. However, he did not travel to Barbary. Instead, in July 1390, King Henry went to serve with the Teutonic knights in Lithuania.

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Henry was one of the Lords Appellant, who had challenged Richard II's rule in 1387 and forced the King to restate his coronation oath in 1388.

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CyrilSebastian said
Henry was one of the Lords Appellent, who had challenged Richard II's rule in 1387 and forced the King to restate his coronation oath in 1388.  

Yes, this is stated in both Richard II and Henry IV's articles here at Unofficial Royalty.  Instead of just stating facts can you explain why a fact is important or the historical significance.
 

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By having Richard II restate his coronation oath, did Henry believe this action would make him look better before his fellow Lords Appellant?

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CyrilSebastian said
By having Richard II restate his coronation oath, did Henry believe this action would make him look better before his fellow Lords Appellant?  

Perhaps you should read more about this issue and let us know.  Dan Jones' The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England is an excellent resource.  You can probably find other books at your library and certainly at amazon.com

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