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Edward II – 1307-1327

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Edward II



Edward II was the son of Edward I. He was born at Carnarvon (Caernarfon) in the year 1284. He succeeded his father in 1307, but was largely governed by his ministers, Piers Gaveston and the Despensers. This fact largely provoked rebellion during his reign on the part of the barons who rose up against him. Edward was forced to resign his crown and he was confined to Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire. In 1327, Edward was deposed and in 1328 he was murdered in a conspiracy prompted by his queen, Isabella, and her favourite, Roger Mortimer, Earl of March. Edward II was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward III, in 1327.

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