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Henry IV

Mighty subject: effigies of Thomas Fitzalan and his wife Beatrice in the family chapel at Arundel Castle.

The English noble and a major figure during the reign of Henry IV died on October 13th 1415.

Alan Rogers tells the story of a plot to capture and kill the Lancastrian sovereign and restore his dethroned cousin, Richard II.

J.L. Kirby describes an episode in the long struggle of the English Kings to keep their fiefs as Dukes of Aquitaine.

16th-century painting of Henry IV

During the troublous reign that began when he dethroned his cousin Richard, Henry IV encountered a long series of exhausting crises. He met his troubles, writes A.L. Rowse, with resilience and courage.

J.L. Kirby describes how, early in the fifteenth century, King Henry IV of England ordered three trusted servants to conduct delicate negotiations with the rich cities of the Hanseatic League, whence England imported such precious commodities as dried fish, furs, tar and timber.

J.L. Kirby examines how the 15th-century records of Thomas Hoccleve, Robert Fry and Thomas Broket illustrate the workings of modern civil service in its infancy.

Debbi Codling looks at the beliefs and spiritual life of the man who usurped Richard II, an anointed king.

Alastair Dunn discusses the battle and its repercussions in its 600th anniversary year.

The Pennon or banner flown by Sir Henry Percy aka Harry Hotspur and taken from him in combat by James Douglas, Earl of Douglas.

The skirmish between the Douglases and the Percies took place on September 14th, 1402.

Richard Cavendish explains the life and death of Henry IV's father, on February 3rd, 1399