- Brakes RequiredLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
Richard II was overthrown by the future Henry IV of England and confined to the Tower of London. He was then transferred to Pontefract Castle. When it was discovered that some of Richard's former allies, who had lost their positions following his defeat, it became clear that allowing Richard to continue living was dangerous for Henry. Richard II was allowed to die of starvation around 1400. At least, that seems to be the best known explanation. Other theories are plausible.