In November 1396 he had officiated at the marriage of Richard and Isabella, daughter of Charles VI., king of France, and his fall was the sequel of the king's sudden attack upon the lords appellant in 1397.
The appellant may, however, request that bishop to send priests from his side to sit with the synod of appeal.
Then followed the constitutional revolution of the lords appellant in 1388.
He joined the lords appellant in their opposition to the king and his ministers, and was in power with them 1388-1389; treacherously arrested by Richard in 1397, he was imprisoned in the Tower of London (the Beauchamp Tower being called after him), but liberated by Henry IV.
In the regular course of those appeals an appellant could not leap the intermediate stages; but he could at any stage go to this final appeal, omisso medio, as it was technically called (see de appell.
He declared that all pardons issued since 1387 were invalid, and imposed heavy fines on persons, and even on whole shires, that had given the lords appellant aid.
Oxford and Suffolk succeeded in escaping to France, but the king and the rest of his adherents fell into the hands of the lords appellant They threatened for a moment to depose him, but finally placed him under the control of a council and ministers Execution chosen by themselves, and to put him in a proper of the state of terror, executed Lord Beauchamp, the judge, kings Sir Robert Tressilian.