ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Gender and Relationships»
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender

LGBT People of History 3 - King Edward II of England

Updated on April 24, 2012

This is the third in our Hubs about Historical LGBT people. We hope you enjoy reading it.

King Edward II of England
King Edward II of England | Source
Royal Coat of Arms of England (1198 - 1340)
Royal Coat of Arms of England (1198 - 1340) | Source
Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn
Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn | Source


King Edward II of England


King Edward II of England was the son of King Edward I (Longshanks) of England – a horrible man, who suppressed the Welsh and tried to suppress the Scots (Braveheart – William Wallace). He was born in 1284 and became King in 1307, being the sixth Plantagenet King.


He did marry a woman – Isabella of France – and is said to have fathered at least 5 children. The marriage was however not successful at all. This was due to his spending a lot of time with his favourite male courtiers and also trying to limit the power of the Peerage.


Early in life, Edward formed a very close relationship with Piers Gaveston, a Gascon Knight and an athletic and witty character. It is highly likely that their relationship was of a sexual nature. Edward appears to have had a sensitive disposition. When Piers was murdered in 1312, he was devastated and would not leave the body for several weeks.


Soon after this the Scots were regrouping and avenging the suppression brought about by Longshanks. Edward II and his army of 22000 fought the Battle of Bannockburn against the Scots led by Robert the Bruce in 1314, which resulted in a resounding defeat for the English.


Edward developed a strong relationship with Hugh Despenser the Younger and provoked the fury of the Barons due to the favours given to him. Isabella meanwhile moved back to France and after several other events returned to England with the intention of invasion in 1326. This was successful and Despenser was tried and brutally hung, drawn and quartered in a very public fashion.


Edward was then forced to abdicate in favour of his 14 year old son, Edward III, in 1327. His death is surrounded in mystery. Some say he was assassinated by having a red-hot poker inserted into his anus. Some say he lived until 1330 and one account has him still alive in Italy in 1340.


However he died, the last years of his life seem to have been pitifully sad.



Ian and Callum.



With thanks to Wikipedia.


Here is a link to all of our Hubs on LGBT People of History:


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • alian346 profile image
      Author

      alian346 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thank you, Dave.

      Ian.

    • d.william profile image

      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      voted up, awesome and interesting as always.

      another interesting hub. Good job.

      Dave

    • alian346 profile image
      Author

      alian346 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thanks for your good wishes!

      We have a very astute and canny First Minister (Prime Minister) here, Alec Salmond, who is head and shoulders above any other UK politician. Independence hopefully will happen in my lifetime (now 60!).

      Ian.

    • phdast7 profile image

      Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Ian - Yes, sadly as history it is rubbish (my students always whine and complain because it is not a film I show in class) but what a terrific and memorable film. I can imagine that Wallace would be a great hero in Scotland. I hope the "wending" proceeds safely and productively. :)

    • alian346 profile image
      Author

      alian346 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thanks for your visit, phdast7.

      'Braveheart' is a great movie but historic rubbish as you'll know. Wallace has become a huge hero here in Scotland now as we wend our way towards Independence.

      Ian.

    • phdast7 profile image

      Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I always enjoy history, so I thought I would start with one of your earliest Hubs. I know little about English history, but this was quite interesting. When you mentioned Robert the Bruce, of course Mel Gibson in his blue painted face from Braveheart popped into my mind. :) Good Hub

    • calpol25 profile image

      Callum 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Thank you Dexter :)

    • alian346 profile image
      Author

      alian346 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thanks again, Dexter - you fairly get around the Hubs!

      Ian.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      Great hub. Continue to share this intriguing information.

    • alian346 profile image
      Author

      alian346 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thanks, Eric.

      Ian.

    • calpol25 profile image

      Callum 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Thank you Eric glad you enjoyed :)

    • Eric Prado profile image

      Eric Prado 6 years ago from Webster, Texas

      Very interesting. Voted up =)

    • alian346 profile image
      Author

      alian346 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      I like all the Scottish stuff!!

      Ian.

    • calpol25 profile image

      Callum 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Great Job Ian, its amazing we are getting good at this :)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)