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Edward II



Edward II's tomb at Gloucester Cathedral.
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From here. Used with permission.




Edward II (see here), born 1284.
He was created the first Prince of Wales 1301.
He reigned 1307-1327.
He mar 1308 to Isabella of France [born 1292].
Credibly thought since the 1300s to be homosexual.
Developed a favourite (and probably gay lover) Piers Gaveston. Gaveston was murdered 1312.
He lost Scotland at Bannockburn to Robert I the Bruce in 1314.
He founded King's Hall, Cambridge, in 1317. King's Hall later became part of Trinity College.
Developed a new favourite (and probably gay lover) Hugh le Despencer.
The Despenser War was a revolt in 1321 by Roger de Mortimer, 1st Earl of March and others against the King and his favourite Hugh le Despencer. The rebels were defeated in 1322.
He neglected Isabella for his male favourites, and she returned to France in 1325, and became his enemy.
She began an affair with his enemy Roger de Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, in 1325 at the French court.
His favourite Hugh le Despencer was murdered 1326.
Edward II was deposed 1327 by Isabella and her lover Mortimer.
He was murdered at Berkeley Castle (seat of Mortimer's son-in-law) in 1327, age 43 yrs.
He was bur Gloucester cathedral.
Isabella died 1358. She was bur Christ Church Greyfriars, Newgate, London (destroyed in WW2, now a ruin and garden).
Edward II and Isabella had issue:


  1. Edward III, born 1312,
    reigned 1327-77.





Edward II's tomb at Gloucester Cathedral

  

Edward II's tomb at Gloucester Cathedral.
From edwardthesecond.com (and blog and facebook).



Edward II's tomb at Gloucester Cathedral.
See full size. From here.



Edward II's tomb at Gloucester Cathedral.
See full size.
From Peter Forster. Used with permission.



Edward II's tomb at Gloucester Cathedral.
From here. See terms of use.



Edward II's tomb at Gloucester Cathedral.
From here. From Shirley's Royal Ancestors site. Used with permission.



Drawing of the above effigy of Edward II at Gloucester Cathedral.
From A Student's History of England by Samuel Rawson Gardiner (1916). See here.
Originally from Stothard's Monumental Effigies.






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