The Deposition of Richard II in Richard II by William Shakespeare

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The Deposition of Richard II in Richard II by William Shakespeare

Richard II is the first play of Shakespeare's four-part
History Tetraology. It tells the story of Richard II's deposition and Bolingbroke's rise to power. There are numerous reasons for Richard's fall. He went off to war and left his kingdom vaulnerable. Richard disregarded the advice of his elders. He even went so far as to steal Bolingbroke's inheritance. As
Richard lost the support of the nobles and lords, Bolingbroke gained their support. Bolingbroke used this support to depose king Richard II.
After the banishment of Bolingbroke, Richard quickly gets back to business and makes plans to go to war in Ireland. There are rebels in Ireland and
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The bad omen immediately seems to come true. Upon Richard's seizure of Gaunt's land, Northumberland, Ross, and Willoughby all decide to turn against him. This action also spurs his loyal uncle York to begin a process of self-questioning that will eventually lead him to Bolingbroke's side. In scene 2 of act 2 Green enters with news that Bolingbroke has landed in England and has an army with him. This is unfortunate news for Richard, since he is in Ireland with his royal army and no one is present in England to challenge Bolingbroke. The bad news doesn't stop there. As Bolingbroke marched across England, many other English lords have joined his army. Northumberland, his son Henry Percy, Lord Ross, Lord Willoughby, and other lords have defected. In Act 3 Lord Salisbury enters and delivers even more bad news to Richard. The day before, Richard's army of Wales heard that Richard was dead. They dispersed and fled to Bolingbroke's side. Richard now must deal with the fact that he has no army. Act 3 is a point of no turning back for Bolingbroke. Bushy and Green, two of Richard's most loyal followers, are executed. This demonstrates the escalation of events that could lead to war. Richard's followers have either left his side or have been killed. Bolingbroke is left with no choice but to continue his path towards the throne. In scene 4 of act 3, Queen Isabel learns the truth of what is happening. She overhears gardeners talking
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