Reign of King Edward II

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  • Michelle M. Sauer (University of North Dakota)

Historical Context Essay

The reign of Edward II is often characterized as a failure. He inherited his father’s war with Scotland and promptly lost ground. He gave money and lands to undeserving male favorites. He alienated his nobles, and as a result had his monarchial powers checked. He alienated his queen and provoked a rebellion. Eventually, he was deposed as the result of his overwhelming ineptitude.

Edward II was born 25 April 1284 as Edward of Caernarfon. He was the only surviving son of Edward I and his first wife, Eleanor of Castile. He enjoyed a close relationship with his father’s foster mother, Alice, wife of Reginald de Leygrave, and his surviving sisters Joan, Margaret, Mary, Eleanor, and Elizabeth. Reportedly, the young prince was m…

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Sauer, Michelle M.. "Reign of King Edward II". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 July 2008
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Reigns and Monarchy in the British Isles