King Richard Brought to Heel
King Richard the 2nd of England has been parceling out lands and titles to his friends without substantial sacrifice or deeds to justify them and passing over long-time supporters of the crown. The laws concerning treason have been loosened so that simply disagreeing with the king has become dangerous. King Richard has centralized power and has defied Parliament. The Duke of Gloucester now seeks to "instruct the king" and King Richard has asked Robert De Vere and the Earl of Derby to raised a force to "instruct the Duke" at the Radcot Bridge but the Duke overwhelms those forces. The King will face the Merciless Parliament next year where the King's powers will be curtailed.   
For Glory, Fear or Greed: The Tree of Battles
This book proposes a new ethic for war. "The Tree of Battles" is not chivalry but a set of rules that should be familiar to all since they reflect many of the principles set out in the Bible: don't hurt people who are not direct participants in war, pay ransoms for those under your protection, pay knights when sick or on leave, and other common sense rules. The book is also a criticism of king and clergy... pointing out that the main reason for war in the Middle Ages is to win glory, fear of one's enemies or simple greed. Honoré Bonet is the Benedictine Prior of Salon and he believes that war-making needs limits. The King of France honors this work as do many of the nobles but they do nothing to implement its suggestions. 
This Year on Wikipedia
Year 1387, Wikipedia.
- Jones, Dan. The Plantagenets: the Kings who made England. Harper Press. 2012. (BOOK)
- Battle of Radcot Bridge - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Alex Shrugged notes that he is writing from memory of his reading of "The Plantagenets" the Kings who made England" by Dan Jones.
- Richard II of England - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Tyrant - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim. (Barbara Tuchman, bio). A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century. Ballantine, 1979. pp. 412-415. (BOOK) quote="The cost of war was the poison running through the 14th century."
- Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim. (Barbara Tuchman, bio). A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century. Ballantine, 1979. pp. 413. (BOOK) note: The tailor's name was Guillaume le Jupponnier.
- Douët-d'Arcq, Louis. Choix de pièces inédites relatives au règne de Charles VI. Paris, Mme. ve. J. Renouard. 1863. (BOOK IN FRENCH) note: I include this as a cross reference to the Barbara Tuchman quote of the tailor.