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Following in the Footsteps of Edward II (Paperback)

A Historical Guide to the Medieval King

British History Medieval Biographies Wales 14th Century

By Kathryn Warner
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Following in the Footsteps
Pages: 136
ISBN: 9781526732934
Published: 1st July 2019


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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.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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.

NetGalley, Robert Eliason

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.

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.

NetGalley, Carolyn Farrell

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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.

NetGalley, Rachel Fox
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