Published date: 3 July 2008

Terry Jones, ‘Python’, historian, broadcaster, actor, director and comedian, has called King Richard II a ‘victim of spin’. Here he sets out to rescue his reputation and lift the lid on the turbulent world of 14th century politics.

  1. 25 July 2012
    8:35 pm


    Thank you for that – I had long suspected that Richard II had been falsely accused. He had the future Henry V in his custody when Bolingbroke invaded. The fact that Richard did not use him as a hostage is BIG brownie points in his credit.
    I’ve noticed that a lot of history’s ‘bad’ kings – like Richard – had their reigns spoiled by traitors – who were big, hard military men – the medieval ideal. If Richard had faults as a king, it is probably his lenience with eminent men who disobeyed him that undid him.

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