English Royalty. Born the son of Geoffrey II Plantagenet, Earl of Richmond and Constance de Bretagne, Duchesse de Bretagne at Nantes, France. He gained the title of Duc de Bretagne in March 1187 and the title of Earl of Richmond in April 1199. Upon his the death of his uncle, Richard I 'Coeur de Lion' in 1199, Arthur, by the law of primogeniture, should have succeeded to the English crown, the French King, Phillip II, upheld his claim. The throne, however, was held by another uncle, John, who from his position of power had his nephew seized and held prisoner first at Falaise and then at Rouen on the River Seine. At least two versions of Arthur's demise exist, one relates that in the week before Easter, John murdered his nephew with his own hands and had the body thrown into the Seine. Alternately, Arthur escaped his captivity only to drown in the Seine. His body was found in the river and he was buried at Notre Dames des Prés, Rouen, Caux, France.
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