Richard II

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Portrait of Richard II at Westminster Abbey, mid-1390s
Richard II (1367–1400) was King of England from 1377 to 1399. He was the son of Edward the Black Prince, and great-grandson of Edward II.

Early in his reign he showed personal courage during the Peasant's Revolt, but in later years he came into conflict with leading noblemen, and was finally induced to abdicate in favour of Henry Bolingbroke, who became Henry IV. The circumstances of his death remain obscure, but he is supposed to have been murdered at Pontefract Castle.

Richard was accused by the chronicler, Thomas Walsingham, of a homosexual relationship with Robert DeVere, 9th Earl of Oxford.