Archbishope Scrope of York executed

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Historical Context Note


Richard le Scrope, Archbishop of York, had participated in the overthrow of Richard II in favour of Henry IV in 1399. Like the Earl of Worcester and his nephew Henry Percy, however, he soon became disillusioned at Henry's style of rule, and joined with the Percy family in their rebellion in 1403. Although he survived the Battle of Shrewsbury (where Henry Hotspur was killed), his continued vocal resentment against the King led to his arrest in 1405, and he was beheaded for treason outside the city walls of his cathedral city, York, on 8th June 1405.

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