Edward II the Man: A Doomed Inheritance
Book Launch & Lecture
23 November, 7.30 - 9pm
Edward II is one of the most controversial kings of English history. Keeping his favourites close, on numerous occasions he brought England to the brink of civil war. His own wife took a lover and invaded his kingdom resulting in his forced abdication; the first in British history. And yet…war, debt and baronial oppression before 1307 ensured that Edward II inherited a toxic legacy that any successor would have found almost impossible to wrestle with. Stephen Spinks explores that legacy in this new biography by focusing on Edward’s early years as much as on the reign itself. He sets out the conflicting influences of those around the king, showing the human side of this tale against a backdrop of political intrigues, betrayals and revenge. Edward’s belief in his unchallenged right to rule, increasingly at odds with those at his court, and his undeniable thirst for revenge, creates a 14th-century tragedy on a grand scale.
Join Stephen in the newly restored Lady Chapel for an evening lecture, drinks, canapes and launch of his new historical biography, ‘Edward II the Man: A Doomed Inheritance’. Available for purchase and signed by the author at the event.
Book can be pre-ordered at a cost of £18.00 at time of purchasing ticket.