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Edward II The Man: A Doomed Inheritance by Stephen Spinks

Edward II The Man: A Doomed Inheritance

Book Launch & Lecture

Thursday 23 November 7.00pm - 9.00pm

In the Quire

Join Stephen Spinks as he launches a new biography on Edward II, one of England’s most controversial of kings. He re-examines Edward II as both a man and monarch set against the context of his time and the people around him at his court during this dramatic period of English history. Accompanied with drinks, canapes and a book signing.

Tickets £9 available from 01452 768928 or www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk

Hardback Book: Special Price £18 (available for pre-order)

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.

For further details;

Twitter: @SpinksStephen

Website: www.fourteenthcenturyfiend.com


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