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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
30th September 1399
RICHARD II OF ENGLAND, THE LAST PLANTAGENET KING, IS DEPOSED
Henry Bolingbroke, the Duke of Lancaster, with the support of the majority of English barons, led a revolt while Richard II was on military campaign in Ireland in the Summer. The king, returning to England in August, he found he had no support. He had made too many enemies by having barons who displeased him executed or exiled one-by-one. By 1399 every baron feared it may be their turn next. Henry had already been exiled and his lands seized, so on returning from exile in France determined to regain his title, the other barons rallied to his cause.
Richard had little option but to surrender to Henry at Flint castle. He was then led captive by Henry to London and imprisoned in the Tower Of London. On 30th September parliament formally accepted the abdication of Richard and Henry was crowned King of England as Henry IV.
Richard was taken to Pontefract Castle. Henry was at first content to consider exile for Richard, but after the Epiphany Rising in December, where several barons favoured by Richard attempted to restore him to the throne, Henry decided Richard must die. There are no written records to suggest what happened to Richard, but the most likely scenario is that he was starved to death so that there were no obvious evidence of murder on the body. The body was then taken back to London and displayed at the old St.Paul's Cathedral from 17th February 1400.
Having gained the throne, Henry spent the rest of his reign having to fight to keep it, against rebellious barons, numerous coup attempts and a major and initially successful Welsh revolt. The last years of his life were plagued by illness and he died in 1413 aged 45 in the Abbot's house at Westminster Abbey.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I continue to be grateful for my benign circumstances. I am fully aware of my vulnerabilities and that my strength lies not in any kind of invincibility but in how I respond to my circumstances. The biggest current threat to this character is from within his own head! Strength and weakness are however very intertwined. My hyperactive unhelpful emotions have forced me to develop techniques and strategies that have led to a superior wisdom and a means to make a difference to others.
Because, this is an ongoing lifelong issue, I can never become arrogant or complacent. I have to keep up my disciplines and focus just to keep going! That will of course also keep this character making a productive difference.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Can you see how your strengths relate to your vulnerabilities?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and sunny from late morning, and clear overnight
A moderate easterly or north-easterly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 15 degC at 3pm
Min Temp = 8 degC at 8am
Sunrise at 07:06
Sunset at 18:47
Weathertrack: An anticyclone over the North Sea will keep Britain dry and calm
Air Pressure: 1037 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I don't see why it's rude to ask someone in an online dating site to send a picture posing with a copy of today's newspaper. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
The idea that you can't get pregnant during your period is a complete myth - sperm can survive up to a week in the female body.
9. ZEN WISDOM
In most cases, our so-called limitations are nothing more than our own decision to limit ourselves.