Royal Portraits Engravings of Kings & Queens of Great Britain. From the original paintings in the Royal Collection. Richard II was King of England from 1377 until he was deposed in 1399. Richard;s posthumous reputation has been shaped to a large extent by William Shakespeare whose play Richard II portrayed Richard’s misrule and his deposition by Bolinbroke as responsible for the 15th-century Wars of the Roses. Picture: Richard defending himself again assassins in Pomfred Castle.