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Edward II of England
also called Edward of Caernarfon (reigned 1307-1327)
 
  • King Edward II -  Nash Ford PublishingEdward was the son of King Edward I. He was the first English Prince of Wales.
  • When he became king, he inherited a great war in Scotland from his father.
  • But he was not a good soldier. Robert the Bruce (later King Robert I of Scots) kicked him out of Scotland after winning the Battle of Bannockburn.
  • Edward was married to a French princess, but he liked men better than women. He had several boyfriends and he gave them lots of power. This made him very unpopular with the Barons.
  • Edward's cousin, the Earl of Lancaster worked against him and eventually led the Barons in a rebellion (war against the proper king). He was defeated at the Battle of Boroughbridge in Yorkshire in 1322.
  • When there was trouble in English Gascony in France, Edward sent his wife to talk to the French king. He later sent his son, Edward, to join her.
  • The Queen was fed up with Edward. Her boyfriend, the Earl of March, helped her invade England. They captured Edward and imprisoned him in Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire.
  • He was horribly murdered by having a red hot poker stuck up his bum! His young son became the next king, Edward III.

 

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