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King Edward II
Birth: Apr. 25, 1284
Caernarfon
Gwynedd, Wales
Death: Sep. 21, 1327
Berkeley
Stroud District
Gloucestershire, England

English Monarch. The eldest surviving son of Edward I and Eleanor of Castile, he succeeded his father in 1307, and was crowned on his birthday in 1308. Edward lacked the royal dignity and military skill of his father, and was a complete failure as king. He married Isabella of France at Boulogne-sur-Mer on January 28, 1308. The marriage was also a failure, though four children were born. Edward relied heavily on court favourites, much like his grandfather Henry III. Edward's favourite was his former tutor and most certainly his lover, Piers Gaveston. This relationship angered the nobles, and in 1312 they revolted, murdering Gaveston and forcing Edward to accept restrictions of his power. But Gaveston was soon replaced by another despicable favourite and lover, Hugh Despenser. Edward rallied an army and met the rebellious nobles at the Battle of Boroughbridge. Edward prevailed, and he and Despenser ruled the government, gaining even more enemies. Edward's queen, who had been sent to France to negotiate her husband's affairs in Gascony, began an affair with one of the exiled nobles, Roger Mortimer. Together they raised an army, and in September of 1326, they invaded, landing at Essex. Edward's followers deserted him, and the king fled London. His wife followed, Despenser was killed, and Edward was taken prisoner. He was imprisoned at Kenilworth Castle and forced by Parliament to abdicate on January 20, 1327. Isabella and Mortimer took up the reigns of power as regents for the young Edward III. The king was systematically ill-treated in hopes he would die of disease. When his constitution proved too strong, he was secretly murdered. He was 43 years old. (bio by: Kristen Conrad) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
   Edward I (1239 - 1307)
   Eleanor of Castile (1241 - 1290)
 
 Spouse:
   Isabella of France (1292 - 1358)*
 
 Children:
  Joan Plantagent*
   Edward III (1312 - 1377)*
  John Plantagenet of Eltham (1316 - 1336)*
  Eleanor Of Woodstock (1318 - 1355)*
  Joan Plantagenet (1321 - 1362)*
 
 Siblings:
  Katherine Plantagenet (____ - 1264)*
  Joan Plantagenet (1265 - 1265)*
  John Plantagenet (1266 - 1271)*
  Henry Plantagenet (1267 - 1274)*
  Eleanor Plantagenet (1269 - 1298)*
  Joan of Acre (1272 - 1307)*
  Alfonso Plantagenet (1273 - 1284)*
   Margaret of England (1275 - 1318)*
  Berengaria Plantagenet (1276 - 1278)*
  Mary Plantagenet (1278 - 1332)*
  Elizabeth Plantagenet (1282 - 1316)*
   King Edward II (1284 - 1327)
  Beatrice Plantagenet Princess of England (1286 - 1286)**
  Thomas Plantagenet of Brotherton (1300 - 1338)**
  Edmund Plantagenet of Woodstock (1301 - 1330)**
  Eleanor Plantagenet (1306 - 1311)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling

Cause of death: Tortured and murdered
 
Burial:
Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester
City of Gloucester
Gloucestershire, England
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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King Edward II
Added by: Kristen Conrad
 
King Edward II
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King Edward II
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For your sake, I truly hope you did not die in the manner which historians seem to think you did. You evidently were not a good King, but from all accounts you were a good, loving father. Rest in peace.
-Anonymous
 Added: Oct. 23, 2014
For my 20th great grandfather.
- Marilyn Becker
 Added: Sep. 25, 2014
Sleep on xx
-Anonymous
 Added: Sep. 25, 2014
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