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Sir John Bussy was a Member of Parliament representing Gloucestershire and the Speaker of the House of Commons at the 3 Parliaments between 1393 and 1398 most famous for orchestrating the loss of power to an 18-man subcommittee.[1] As advisor to Richard II who was deposed by Henry (of) Bolingbroke (King Henry IV) in 1399 he was arrested on 28 July at Bristol Castle and the next day tried, and then beheaded for crimes of treason against the Kingdom.[2] In Shakespeare's play Richard II he appears as "Bushy".

Political offices
Preceded by
James Pickering
Speaker of the House of Commons
Succeeded by
Sir John Cheney


  1. ^ Speakers of the House of Commons from the Earliest Times to the Present Day
  2. ^ *Chris Given-Wilson, 'Chronicles of the revolution, 1397-1400:The Reign of King Richard II' (Barnes & Noble, 1997), ISBN 9780719035272, pg 128
  • Chris Give-Wilson, Chronicles of the revolution, 1397-1400: The Reign of Richard II (Barnes & Noble, 1997), pg 128


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