chapter  9
2.2 The succession
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The parliament summoned to depose Richard II and legitimise Henry of Bolingbroke as king also recognised Henry of Monmouth as heir apparent. In 1404, against the background of Glyn Dwr’s rebellion and the Percy defeat at Shrewsbury, Henry IV settled the succession on his four sons and their issue, both in order of seniority, making no express distinction between his male and female issue after the first generation. In June 1406, with the Percy rebellion renewed and a French invasion force within his domains, the king issued a charter entailing the crown on his sons and their heirs male, which was sealed by the lords and by the Speaker of the commons when parliament met. This entail was repealed only three months later, for reasons which are obscure, restoring the more liberal succession settlement of 1404.