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The Tudor Myth The thought of the Tudor Myth may have been dismissed by some in Richard II However it was the people of the country and the subordinates of King Henry the Fourth that were to reap what was sown after the death of Richard II It is proclaimed that the King of England is appointed by God Almighty and is therefore not to be disputed This means that the killing of Richard II would be not only blasphemous in the highest respect but also the cruelest act of treason The Tudor Myth is proven true in Henry IV through the witnessing of civil war more treason and mass confusion in England through Richards successor Henry IV Civil War in England starts as soon as Richard is dethroned and later murdered Richard is not present when Carlisle states his prophesy of doom upon the country but reinforces it when he is killed by Sir Pierce Exton Upon being struck by Exton Richard says That hand shall burn in never-quenching fire That staggers thus my person Exton thy fierce hand Hath with the Kings blood stained the Kings own land RII V v 108110 In saying this Richard is prophesizing that by killing the King one appointed by God as the supreme representative that Exton has stained English soil and it will bring nothing but turmoil to the country Even Henry IV sees the murder as a compromising situation and wants to know why Exton has killed Richard When Exton claims that it is what he thought Henry wanted him to do Henry agrees that he did wish Richards death but realizes that he must make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in order to wash the blood from his hands in order to bring peace and liberty to the country RII V vi 39-50 It is at this moment that civil war begins The opening of Henry
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