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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.


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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

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

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      I like all the Scottish stuff!!

      Ian.

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      Eric Prado 5 years ago from Webster, Texas

      Very interesting. Voted up =)

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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Thank you Eric glad you enjoyed :)

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thanks, Eric.

      Ian.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Great hub. Continue to share this intriguing information.

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

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

      Ian.

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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Thank you Dexter :)

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      Theresa Ast 5 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

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      alian346 5 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.

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      Theresa Ast 5 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. :)

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      alian346 5 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.

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      d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      voted up, awesome and interesting as always.

      another interesting hub. Good job.

      Dave

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thank you, Dave.

      Ian.

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