Following in the Footsteps of Edward II (Paperback)
A Historical Guide to the Medieval King
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Edward II is famously one of England’s most unsuccessful kings, as utterly different from his war-like father Edward I as any man possibly could be, and the first English king to suffer the fate of deposition. Highly unconventional, even eccentric, he was an intriguing personality, and his reign of nineteen and a half years from 1307 to 1327 was a turbulent period of endless conflict and the king’s infatuation with his male favourites, which ended when his own queen led an invasion of his kingdom.
Following in the Footsteps of Edward II presents a new take on this most unconventional and puzzling of kings, from the magnificent Caernarfon Castle where he was born in 1284 shortly after his father conquered North Wales, to his favourite residences at King’s Langley in Hertfordshire and Westminster, to the castle of Berkeley in Gloucestershire where he supposedly met his brutal death in September 1327, to Gloucester Cathedral, where his tomb and alabaster effigy still exist and are among the greatest glories surviving from medieval England.
This was an easy but interesting read. My knowledge of Edward II and the Plantagenet period is fairly strong, but I did learn a fair amount from reading this. Although it may sound like you are simply following the places where he lived, you learn so much more about his life. And of course, the terrifying Isabella of France who created some particularly... interesting... royal situations.NetGalley, Jessica Storoschuk
The latest volume in Pen and Sword's "Following in the Footsteps of..." series sees us following in the footsteps of King Edward II. Kathryn Warner's history is almost like a novel, and the better for it. I have learned more about Edward II than from any other more formal history book on the subject. Brilliant.Books Monthly
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This is a wonderful little look at Edward II. Whether you are already well versed in the kings life and reign or know very little, you will definitely glean something from this excellent work by Warner.NetGalley, Sara Marsden
I enjoyed it and as a introduction to the places associated with Edward II it is a welcome addition to any bookshelf.NetGalley, Rebecca B
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Marie-Emilia Hamel
An immensely interesting book, recounting the existence of Edward II and his bad choices as king. We can see that the human being is never far behind the titles, whether they are kings or popes.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Robert Eliason
As I read this book I found myself becoming fascinated by the way the author brought the time to life.
I would not have expected what is essentially a guidebook to be as readable as a narrative as this one but Katherine Warner did a great job in organizing the sites to fit the historic timeline of Edward's life. I am sure that in her more standard works on Edward she pads out what at times is a basic outline but the story here is intact and compelling from page to page, filled with a wealth of characters and events.
This book certainly made me interested in other titles by Warner, which I am eager to explore. I can't think of a better compliment for an author or for a book.
If you want to learn much more about one of England's least successful and possibly most eccentric of monarchs, Edward II, and the world he inhabited, this extensive history is just what you are looking for.NetGalley, Carolyn Farrell
Following in the Footsteps does just that, recounting Edward's story from Caernarfon Castle where he was born in 1284, to Gloucestershire where he officially met his death in 1327 - although there is some suggestion he lived out his days in an Italian hermitage.. In between, we travel Wales, Scotland and England, learning about his favoured residences, which, along with illustrations, builds a complete picture of how he lived his incredible life.
Edward II was undoubtedly an unusual, one of a kind king, and this fascinating book really digs into his history and brings his story to life.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Rachel Fox
Following in the Footsteps of Edward II by Kathryn Warner is a fabulous historical account of the life and reign of Edward II (reigned 1307-1327). Very interesting to learn more about a King that continued to make bad choices, continued to surround himself with “favorites” that did not help his cause, as well as the inevitable decline that was sped forth by his wife, Isabella of France, and her coupe with Roger Mortimer to instill his son Edward III. A quick read in 2 days.
Hugh Despenser the Younger and Edward II tells the story of ‘the greatest villain of the fourteenth century’, his dazzling rise as favourite to the king and his disastrous fall. Born in the late 1280s, Hugh married King Edward I of England’s eldest granddaughter when he was a teenager. Ambitious and greedy to an astonishing degree, Hugh chose a startling route to power: he seduced his wife’s uncle, the young King Edward II, and became the richest and most powerful man in the country in the 1320s. For years he dominated the English government and foreign policy, and took whatever lands…By Kathryn Warner
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