In 1400, on this day deposed monarch Richard of Bordeaux escaped from Pontefract Castle where he had been imprisoned by the usurper Henry of Bolingbroke.
Richard of Bordeaux makes his bold escapeHe had almost been restored by the Earls during the Epiphany Rising. Realizing that he could not permit Richard to live, Henry decided to murder him. But Richard had made the very same realization and wisely chose to make his escape.
He fled north to Stirling Castle calling for his eleven year old wife Isabella of Valois. With French support, they set about recovering the throne.