He was born in Bordeaux France on January 6, 1367. He was the son of Edward the Black Prince and the grandson of King Edward III. Richard succeeded to his grandfather's throne on June 22, 1377, at the young age of ten. Due to his young age the government continued to be run by nobles of the kingdom, in the same fashion it had been in the last years of his grandfather's reign. These nobles were dominated by his Uncle John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.
Guant's misrule brought on quicker economic deterioration that was being caused by the Black Death and the Hundred Years' War, being
fought against France. The result of this misrule was the Peasant's Revolt of 1381. Richard, in handling the first big crisis of his reign, pacified the rebels by making deceptive promises to them on June 14 and 15 of 1381.
In 1382 he married Princess Anne of Bohemia. He became deeply devoted to her. By 1385 he had built up a personal following of such frivolous courtiers as Robert de Vere, Earl of Oxford. At about this time there also emerged a ruthless opposit...
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