This Day in History: 1330-03-31

On 31st March 1330, at Woodstock, the government of Edward III ordered the arrest of forty-one men allegedly involved in the Earl of Kent’s plot to rescue his half-brother, the supposedly dead King Edward II, from imprisonment in Corfe Castle and spirit him abroad. Of these forty-one, Kent had named only six, one being Brother Richard de Pontefract, reputedly an intermediary between, on two occasions, William Melton, Archbishop of York, and the Earl of Kent.