Edward II: the Unconventional King
Louth Naturalists', Antiquarian & Literary Society
7.30pm Conoco-Phillips Room, Louth Library, Northgate, Louth, LN11 0LY
Kathryn Warner: Edward II: the Unconventional King.
Our speaker holds two degrees in medieval history from the University of Manchester. She is considered a foremost expert on Edward II and an article was published in the English Historical Review, her book on the subject in 2014. She has run a website about Edward II since 2005, plus a Facebook page since 2010, carving out a strong online presence as an expert on the king and the C14th in general. Kathryn grew up in Cumbria and lived in Germany and Poland for many years.
Edward II is one of the most reviled English kings in history. He drove his kingdom to the brink of civil war a dozen times in twenty years; allowed male lovers to rule the kingdom; led a great army to the most ignominious military defeat in English history. His wife took a lover and invaded his kingdom and he was ultimately forced to abdicate. According to popular legend he died screaming, impaled on a red-hot poker.
Using almost exclusively contemporary sources and the king's own letters and speeches, Kathryn strips away the myths to provide a more accurate and vivid picture of her subject.
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