Person:Edward II of England (1)

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Name Edward II , of England
Alt Name Edward , of Caernarfon
Gender Male
Birth[9] 25 Apr 1284 Caernarfon Castle, Caernarfon, Caernarvonshire, WalesHouse of Plantagenet
Occupation? 1306-1325 4th Plantagenet Duke of Aquitaine
Occupation? 1307-1327 6th Plantagenet King of England
Marriage 25 Jan 1308 Boulogne-sur-Mer, Franceto Isabella , of France
Marriage  Cohabitation without marriage formalities?  
Death[9] 21 Sep 1327 Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England
Burial? 20 Dec 1327 Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
Ancestral File Number 8WKN-JD

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Edward II (25 April 1284 – 21 September 1327), also called Edward of Caernarfon, was King of England from 1307 until he was deposed by his wife Isabella in January 1327. He was the sixth Plantagenet king, in a line that began with the reign of Henry II. Between the strong reigns of his father Edward I and son Edward III, the reign of Edward II was considered by some to be disastrous for England, marked by alleged incompetence, political squabbling and military defeats.

While Edward fathered at least five children by two women, he was rumoured by some to have been bisexual. His inability to deny even the most grandiose favours to his unpopular male favourites (first a Gascon knight named Piers Gaveston, later a young English lord named Hugh Despenser) led to constant political unrest, and his eventual deposition.

Edward I had pacified Gwynedd and some other parts of Wales and the Scottish lowlands, but never exerted a comprehensive conquest. However, the army of Edward II was devastatingly defeated at Bannockburn, freeing Scotland from English control and allowing Scottish forces to raid unchecked throughout the north of England.

In addition to these disasters, Edward II is remembered for his probable death in Berkeley Castle, allegedly by murder, and for being the first monarch to establish colleges at Oxford and Cambridge: Oriel College at Oxford and King's Hall, a predecessor of Trinity College, at Cambridge.

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Succession of Monarchs of the United Kingdom
Henry III of England

his grandfather

Edward I

his father

King of England and Lord of Ireland


Edward III of England

his son

Richard II

his great-grandson