Henry IV pp 68-79 | Cite as

‘Uneasy lies the head’

  • Bryan Bevan


On Sunday 12th October Henry IV at the Tower of London knighted his eldest son for the second time, together with his younger brothers and forty-five other persons. Henry was created Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall and Earl of Chester.1 The new knights rode to Westminster with the King before his coronation. The traditional rites were followed, for the Sword of Justice he had carried as his father’s deputy at Richard II’s coronation was now borne by the Prince of Wales. The sword which the King had carried when he landed at Ravenspur, now known as the Lancaster sword, was borne by the Earl of Northumberland. Showing no sign of protest, Henry Percy played an important part in the King’s coronation. King Henry’s sinister friend Lord Grey of Ruthin carried the golden spurs without rowels.


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