Christopher Marlowe: Edward II

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  • Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University)

Edward II focuses on one of the most ill-starred reigns in English history. The historical Edward II (reigned 1307-1327) was the eldest son of Edward I, a talented military commander who had led several brutally effective campaigns against the Scots, and his beloved wife Eleanor of Castile, to whom the king's devotion was so strong that on her death he erected a series of crosses to mark the stopping-places of her cortège. (Hence Charing Cross in London, a corruption of the French 'chère reine'.) But, as with Calyphas in Tamburlaine the Great, Part Two, this golden couple produced a weakly and ineffectual son. Edward II not only preferred traditionally lower-class pursuits, such as manual tasks, to the aristocratic one …

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Hopkins, Lisa. "Edward II". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]

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