Fascinating Facts: Edward II [1307-1327]
- He was a tall, strapping young man, handsome and intelligent.
- His father despised him and was disappointed with his indolent ways.
- His intimate companion was Piers Gaveston.
- He married Isabella of France, sister of the French king.
- He was an appallingly inept king, preferring farming and horse breeding, swimming and boating, to matters of state.
- Gaveston was kidnapped, convicted of treason, and executed.
- When Edward's army was defeated at Bannockburn by the much smaller Scots army, he ran away, not stopping for fifty miles.
- Hugh Despenser the Younger became his next intimate companion and Chamberlain.
- In 1322, at the Battle of Boroughbridge, King Edward won his first and only victory against rebel barons.
- Queen Isabella escaped to France and sent for her son, Prince Edward. She fell in love with Roger Mortimer and the two conspired to raise an army against Edward.
- When the army landed in England the barons, who had had enough of Edward, joined Isabella, and Edward and Hugh fled westward. They were captured in Wales.
- Hugh was executed and Edward was persuaded to abdicate and was never seen again.