It's where Richard II was deposed by Henry Bolingbroke
and the lines in the play 'Noble lords, Go to the rude ribs of that ancient castle' was talking about Flint Castle.
Shakespeare was writing in the reign of Elizabeth I about a man, Henry Bolingbroke
, who had ousted Richard II 190 years earlier and taken the crown for himself, albeit with Parliament's support.
Forget all you've heard about the House of Lancaster, old John of Gaunt and Henry Bolingbroke
, and look closer to Walsall.
The new woodland walk would link the two historic city sites associated with Richard II - The Charterhouse and Gosford Green, which was the site of the biggest medieval event in the country, the so-called 'Duel That Never Was' between Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, and Henry Bolingbroke
, who became Henry IV.
In the 14th century to John of Gaunt, third surviving son of Edward and in turn to John's Henry Bolingbroke
For those unfamiliar with the plot, Richard II sees the titular monarch (Ben Whishaw) intervening in a dispute between his cousin Henry Bolingbroke
(Rory Kinnear) and Thomas Mowbray (James Purefoy), and deciding the best way to settle it is to banish them both.
The castle also played its part in the history of Britain when in August 1399 King Richard II was ambushed at Penmaenhead in Colwyn Bay and surrendered to Henry Bolingbroke
at Flint who took over the running of the country.
After the seizure of his estates, Henry Bolingbroke
returned from exile and defeated the king's forces.
In the reign of the unhappy Richard II, who lost his throne to Henry Bolingbroke
, they prospered and in 1393/4 a John Smyth made a grant of lands in Yardley to Sir Robert Dauncer, the vicar of the parish church, John Sheldone of Birmingham and Thomas Jurdone, of 'Allerewyche'.
The fact that the throne occupied by Henry Bolingbroke
(aka King Henry IV) of England also doubles as a tavern counter in Cheapside may or may not be symbolic.
Also, Henry Bolingbroke
, who forced Richard II to abdicate, was not the Duke of Hereford prior to becoming Henry IV, but the Earl of Derby and heir to the Duchy of Lancaster.
Newcomb shows more depth of feeling as Oberon than he does as Henry Bolingbroke
in ``Richard II.