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Information about reign: King Richard II, Lord of Ireland

CountryLordship of Ireland
From21 June 1377
To30 September 1399
Personal InformationKing Richard II of England (1367 - 1400)
Description

In 1198, King Henry II of England invaded Ireland and gave the part of it he controlled to his son John as a Lordship when John was just 10 in 1177. When John succeeded to the English throne in 1199, he remained Lord of Ireland thereby bringing the kingdom of England and the lordship of Ireland into personal union. Successive Kings of England also had the title of Lord of Ireland until the title was abolished by Henry VIII, who was made King of Ireland by the Parliament of Ireland by the Crown of Ireland Act 1542.

Richard II, also known as Richard of Bordeaux, was King of England from 1377 until he was deposed on 30 September 1399. Richard, a son of Edward, the Black Prince, was born in Bordeaux during the reign of his grandfather, Edward III. Richard was the younger brother of Edward of Angoulême, upon whose death, Richard, at three years of age, became second in line to the throne after his father. Upon the death of Richard's father prior to the death of Edward III, Richard, by primogeniture, became the heir apparent to the throne. With Edward III's death the following year, Richard succeeded to the throne at the age of ten.

The Royal style of King Richard II was Rex Angliae et Franciae et Dominus Hiberniae" (King of England and of France and Lord of Ireland) to 1397, then "Rex Angliae et Franciae, Dominus Hiberniae et Princeps Cestriæ" (King of England and of France, Lord of Ireland, and Prince of Chester).