Edward II: The Unconventional King

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Amberley Publishing Limited, Oct 15, 2014 - History - 336 pages
He is one of the most reviled English kings in history. He drove his kingdom to the brink of civil war a dozen times in less than twenty years. He allowed his male lovers to rule the kingdom. He led a great army to the most ignominious military defeat in English history. His wife took a lover and invaded his kingdom, and he ended his reign wandering around Wales with a handful of followers, pursued by an army. He was the first king of England forced to abdicate his throne. Popular legend has it that he died screaming impaled on a red-hot poker, but in fact the time and place of his death are shrouded in mystery. His life reads like an Elizabethan tragedy, full of passionate doomed love, bloody revenge, jealousy, hatred, vindictiveness and obsession. He was Edward II, and this book tells his story. Using almost exclusively fourteenth-century sources and Edward’s own letters and speeches wherever possible, Kathryn Warner strips away the myths which have been created about him over the centuries, and provides a far more accurate and vivid picture of him than has previously been seen.
 

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One bad apple may not spoil the whole barrel, but one bad chapter can really spoil a whole book. At least when it's the last chapter. From the standpoint of readability, this is a fine book. And ... Read full review

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I have followed Kathryn Warner's blog for years. It is well-researched and interesting, not only about Edward II but also about the other people in his era. Her book about King Edward II draws upon ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
ForewordbyIanMortimer A Noteon Wages andPrices Introduction
Heir to the Throne and Accession
The New King and His Favourite
Exile and Intrigue
Another Exile
Death Birth and Reconciliation
Military Disaster and Famine
The Despenser
The Kings Revenge
Tyranny Miracles and an Escape
Catastrophe in Gascony
The Queen Takes a Favourite
Invasion Abdication and Imprisonment
Four Conspiracies and a Funeral
The Curious Case of the King Who Lived
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Conflicts Marriages and an Abduction
Robbery Holy Oil and an Impostor
Household and Homage

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Kathryn Warner holds two degrees in medieval history from the University of Manchester. She is considered a foremost expert on Edward II and an article from her on the subject was published in the English Historical Review. She has run a website about him since 2005 and a Facebook page about him since 2010 and has carved out a strong online presence as an expert on Edward II and the fourteenth century in general. Kathryn teaches Business English as a foreign language and lives between Dusseldorf and Cumbria.

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