This Day in History: 1400-03-06

On 6th March 1400, having journeyed slowly from Pontefract to allow the body to be displayed and witnessed in the major towns, a requiem mass was celebrated in St Paul’s Cathedral for Richard (II) of Bordeaux, attended by Henry IV. The royal almoner distributed 25 marks (over £19,000 in today’s money) to various priests to say a thousand masses for the king’s soul while a confessor doled out pennies to the poor.