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Edward Plantagent II, King of England

Edward Plantagent II, King of England

Male 1284 - 1327  (43 years)

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  • Name Edward Plantagent II, King of England 
    Born 25 Apr 1284  Caernarvon, Caernervonshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Sep 1327  Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 20 Dec 1327  Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I25523  Lucius
    Last Modified 2 May 2004 

    Father Edward Plantagent I "Longshanks", King of England,   b. 17 Jun 1239, Westminster, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1307, Burgh-on-Sands, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Eleanor, Princess of Castile & Leon, Queen of Consorts,   b. 1241, Castile, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1290, Harby, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Married 18 Oct 1254  Los Heulgas, Burgos, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F13482  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Isabella, Princess of France,   b. 1292, Paris, Seine, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1358, Hertford Castle, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 25 Jan 1307  Boulogne, Pas-de-Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Edward Plantegent III, King of England,   b. 13 Nov 1312, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1377, Richmond, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     2. Prince John of Eltham, Earl of Cornwall,   b. 1316,   d. 1336  (Age 20 years)
     3. Princess Eleanor,   b. 1318
     4. Princess Joanna,   b. 1321,   d. 1362  (Age 41 years)
    Family ID F10066  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
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    Edward Plantagent.jpg
    King Edward II of England. He was murdered by having an intensely heated plumber’s iron shoved into his anus. It was part of a plot that deposed him filled with symbolism over his homosexuality. The bottom scene depicts his death.

  • Notes 
    • Edward II (1284-1327), Plantagenet King of England (1307-1327), whose incompetence and distaste for government finally led to his deposition and murder.

      Edward was born on April 25, 1284, at Caernarvon, Wales, the fourth son of King Edward I and his first wife, Eleanor of Castile. The deaths of his older brothers made the infant prince heir to the throne; in 1301 he was proclaimed prince of Wales, the first heir apparent in English history to bear that title. The prince was idle and frivolous, with no liking for military campaigning or affairs of state. Believing that the prince's close friend Piers Gaveston, a Gascon knight, was a bad influence on the prince, Edward I banished Gaveston. On his father's death, however, Edward II recalled his favorite. Gaveston incurred the opposition of the powerful English barony. The nobles were particularly angered in 1308, when Edward made Gaveston regent for the period of the king's absence in France, where he went to marry Isabella, daughter of King Philip IV. In 1311 the barons, led by Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, forced the king to appoint from among them a committee of 21 nobles and prelates, called the lords ordainers. They proclaimed a series of ordinances that transferred the ruling power to themselves and excluded the commons and lower clergy from Parliament. After they had twice forced the king to banish Gaveston, and the king had each time recalled him, the barons finally had the king's favorite kidnapped and executed.

      In the meantime, Robert Bruce had almost completed his reconquest of Scotland, which he had begun shortly after 1305. In 1314 Edward II and his barons raised an army of some 100,000 men with which to crush Bruce, but in the attempt to lift the siege of Stirling they were decisively defeated (see Battle of Bannockburn). For the following eight years the Earl of Lancaster virtually ruled the kingdom. In 1322, however, with the advice and help of two new royal favorites, the baron Hugh le Despenser, and his son, also Hugh le Despenser, Edward defeated Lancaster in battle and had him executed. The le Despensers thereupon became de facto rulers of England. They summoned a Parliament in which the commons were included and which repealed the ordinances of 1311 on the ground that they had been passed by the barons only. The repeal was a great step forward in English constitutional development, for it meant that thenceforth no law passed by Parliament was valid unless the House of Commons approved it.

      Edward again futilely invaded Scotland in 1322, and in 1323 signed a 13-year truce with Bruce. In 1325 Queen Isabella accompanied the Prince of Wales to France, where, in accordance with feudal custom, he did homage to King Charles IV for the fief of Aquitaine. Isabella, who desired to depose the le Despensers, allied herself with some barons who had been exiled by Edward. In 1326, with their leader, Roger de Mortimer, Isabella raised an army and invaded England. Edward and his favorites fled, but his wife's army pursued and executed the le Despensers and imprisoned Edward. In January 1327, Parliament forced Edward to resign and proclaimed the prince of Wales, Edward III as king. On September 21 of that year Edward II was murdered by his captors at Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire.

      ing Edward II of England. He was murdered by having an intensely heated plumber’s iron shoved into his anus. It was part of a plot that deposed him filled with symbolism over his homosexuality.

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