Long Live the King

Long Live the King : The Mysterious Fate of Edward II

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History tells us that Edward II died at Berkeley Castle in 1327 in agony, with a red-hot poker inserted inside him. This is one of the most famous and lurid tales in all of English history. But is it true? Much evidence exists to suggest that Edward did not die at Berkeley Castle at all, but was still alive years after his supposed death. Many influential people believed that he was alive and acted on their belief, including several earls, the Archbishop of York, the Bishop and Mayor of London, the Italian Bishop of Vercelli, and numerous lords and sheriffs. In Long Live the King, medieval historian Kathryn Warner explores in detail Edward's downfall and forced abdication in 1326/27, the role played in it by his wife Isabella of France, the wide variation in chronicled accounts of his murder at Berkeley Castle, and the fascinating possibility that Edward was alive in Italy many years after his official funeral was held in Gloucester in December 1327.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 30mm | 685g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 colour illustrations, 8 colour plates
  • 0750970111
  • 9780750970112
  • 687,347

About Kathryn Warner

Kathryn Warner has been a recognised expert on the reign of Edward II (1307-27) for more than ten years. She works part-time as an English teacher, and carries out historical research on the fourteenth century. She gives lectures about Edward, his life and reign and possible survival after 1327, in the UK and in Italy.show more