Cambridge, Richard of Conisborough, 1st earl of


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Richard was the younger son of Edmund, duke of York, and a grandson of Edward III. With no lands, he depended on Exchequer annuities which were irregularly paid until after his clandestine marriage to Anne Mortimer, sister of Edmund Mortimer, earl of March, in 1408. Apparently unhinged by resentment, Richard devised hare‐brained seditious schemes and persuaded himself that Edmund Mortimer shared his motives for rebellion. It remains a mystery how Henry, Lord Scrope, became entangled in this half‐baked conspiracy. Convicted for plotting the deaths of Henry V and his brothers, Cambridge and Scrope were beheaded at Southampton.

Subjects: British History.

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