Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Ill-Fated Reign of Edward II: Part One

The Ill-Fated Reign of Edward II: Part One


In the fourteenth century in Europe, a king was expected to be a strong leader of men and had to have prowess on the battlefield. Edward I of England fitted this description well and spent virtually his whole reign at war, subduing the neighbouring Welsh and attempting to do the same in Scotland. However his son, Edward II, did not share his father’s manly ways, preferring instead pursuits that were not considered worthy of a king including fancy clothes and ammeter dramatics. In an ill fated reign, Edward II would upset some of the most powerful barons of the day and would pay the ultimate price for his ‘feminine’ tendencies.

Born in 1284, Edward was the fourth and youngest son of King Edward I, a fierce warrior and a strong leader of men.  His son however, had none of these qualities and was heavily criticised by leading nobles for his rustic pursuits, activities that would in later centuries be seen as fitting of a renaissance prince such as rowing, thatching, amateur dramatics and fancy clothes.  In a bid to toughen him up, the king appointed him a squire by the name of Piers Gaveston.

by Auron Renius 

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