Edward and Me: Guest Post by Martin White

As some of you probably know, I got my start as a historical novelist writing about Edward II, so I’m pleased to be hosting a guest post from Martin White, who’s also written about this flawed but intriguing king. Over …

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Guest Post by Kathryn Warner: Edward II and the Despensers


I’m so pleased to welcome my friend Kathryn Warner for her new biography of Edward II. I’ve been looking forward to a book like this for years, and what better person than Kathryn to write it? Kathryn and I first …

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Three Cheers for the BBC!

I have a Google alert set up for “Edward II,” and though I get some things of interest that way, I also get a lot of worthless alerts, mostly to shopping sites. So when I saw my alert today, I …

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Thanks, Uncle! Gifts to Eleanor de Clare From Edward II

Whatever else one might say about Edward II, he was a generous uncle–at least to his favorite niece, Eleanor de Clare. Here’s some of his recorded gifts to her: 1308: 20 marks for her expenses while staying at Rockingham Castle …

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The Reign of Edward II, as Told by You-Know-Whats


In the interest of equal time, here is the reign of Edward II told by Lolcats. Really, why buy one of those expensive biographies of Edward II when you can get the whole story here?

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In Which This Blog Descends Even Lower Into Silliness


I should be working, but it’s still Thanksgiving weekend and I’m not inclined to be industrious. Fortunately, I came across this site some time ago (I think it was via someone’s blog, but I can’t remember the culprit) and decided …

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The Death of Piers Gaveston

Having seen Alianore’s post on the subject, it seemed improper to let the day go by without a brief tribute to Edward II’s favorite, Piers Gaveston, who was executed on June 19, 1312. (In medieval history, at least, June seems …

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Odds and Ends; and Edward II’s Reign in a Nutshell

SonjaMarie over at the Historical Fiction Board linked to this site of historical figures by George S. Stuart. I liked his English figures–pity he hasn’t done the Plantagenets. Saw a link to Book-A-Minute Classics over at the Smart Bitches blog. …

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A Night at the Theater with Edward II

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I got to see a performance of Marlowe’s Edward II at Washington, D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company. I’m not a theater critic and can’t act my way out of a paper bag myself, so instead of a …

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Ghostly Goings-On in the Court of Edward II

In the spirit of the season, I thought that I should note that Richard Felix, who evidently hosts a British TV show called “Most Haunted,” spent the night of September 21, 2007 (the 680th anniversary of Edward II’s death, as …

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