This Day in History: 22 June

1377 – Richard II succeeds Edward III as king of England.  Richard was only ten years old when he ascended to the throne. His father, Edward the Black Prince had died even before his grandfather, the king. Richard was the last of the Plantagenets.

Circa 1390, Richard II (1367-1400) king of England from 1377 to 1399. In 1399 he was deposed by Henry of Bolingbroke, who became Henry IV. Richard was subsequently imprisoned in Pontefract Castle and murdered in 1400. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Circa 1390, Richard II (1367-1400) (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)


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1527 – Henry VIII informed Katherine of Aragon that they were not man and wife

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1535 – Bishop Fisher was executed on this day by order of Henry Vlll during the English Reformation for refusing to accept the king as Supreme Head of the Church of England.

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1536 – Princess Mary acknowledged herself a bastard

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“I do recognize, accept, take, repute and acknowledge the king’s highness to be supreme head on earth, under Christ, of the church of England; and do utterly refuse the bishop of Rome’s pretended authority, power and jurisdiction within this realm, formerly usurped, according to the laws and statutes made on that behalf, and by all the king’s true subjects humbly received, admitted, obeyed, kept and observed.

And I do also utterly renounce and forsake all manner of remedy, interest and advantage which I may by any means claim by the bishop of Rome’s laws, processes, jurisdiction or sentence, at this time or in any way hereafter, by any manner of title, colour, means or cause that is, shall or can be devised for that purpose.”


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