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The meeting of the Earl of Gloucester and Art MacMurrough, 1399

Richard II landed in Ireland in June 1399 with high hopes of restoring stability to the lordship. He received a number of submissions including that of MacMurrough's uncle, but MacMurrough himself remained defiant and conducted guerrilla-style raids against the English. Nevertheless, he eventually agreed to discuss peace terms. Richard sent the Earl of Gloucester to meet him in a secluded glen. However, the talks broke down and an angry Richard returned to Dublin in July, and then to England. In August 1399 he was deposed by Henry Bolingbroke, Earl of Derby, who ascended the throne as Henry IV.

Reference: British Library Harleian ms 1319, facsimiles of the National MSS of Ireland iii, pt. 2, plate xxxiii (date: c.1399)
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The meeting of the Earl of Gloucester and Art MacMurrough, 1399
 
 
 
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