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30,502. Isabella ... was a peace-making queen. (England & Edward II & English Civil Wars & Middle Ages) Dr Helen Castor, She Wolves: England’s Early Queens Isabella and Margaret, BBC 2012
30,504. It was Isabella herself who precipitated the country into civil war. (England & Edward II & English Civil Wars & Middle Ages) ibid.
30,505. Edward ordered that all French men and women living in England should be arrested as enemy aliens. (England & Edward II & English Civil Wars & Middle Ages) ibid.
30,506. Isabella, Mortimer and Prince Edward set sail for England. (England & Edward II & English Civil Wars & Middle Ages) ibid.
30,507. She was greeted with open arms. (England & Edward II English Civil Wars & Middle Ages) ibid.
30,508. Her husband’s power simply melted away. (England & Edward II English Civil Wars & Middle Ages) ibid.
30,509. She, a queen, had seized power to depose a crowned and anointed king for the first time in English history. (England & Edward II English Civil Wars & Middle Ages) ibid.
30,581. Roger Mortimer was now Isabella’s lover. (England & Edward II & Middle Ages) Professor Robert Bartlett, The Plantagenets II
71,056. Most famous for the story of his agonising death, but the story of his life is even more extraordinary – one of obsession, blood lust, political savagery and above all revenge. (Edward II & England & Middle Ages) Dan Jones, Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty s1e3: Revenge, Channel 5 2014
71,057. Edward has promoted his best friend to Earl of Cornwall and made him his most trusted adviser. (Edward II & England & Middle Ages) ibid.
71,058. The finances, security and political security have all gone to the dogs. (Edward II & England & Middle Ages) ibid.
71,059. 1321: 13 years into Edward II’s reign, [Piers] Gaveston’s murder by Lancaster remains unavenged. (Edward II & England & Middle Ages) ibid.
71,060. 1326: 19 years into Edward II’s reign, his support for the Despensers has made him hated throughout England. (Edward II & England & Middle Ages) ibid.
71,061. My men, like satyrs grazing on the lawns,
Shall with their goat feet dance an attic hay. Christopher Marlowe, Edward II
71,062. Tell Isabel the Queen, I looked not thus,
When for her sake I ran at tilt in France. ibid.
71,063. Base fortune, now I see, that in thy wheel
There is a point, to which when men aspire,
They tumble headlong down. ibid.
71,064. Edward II sat down to the game of kingship with a remarkably poor hand, and he played it very badly. (Edward II & England & Middle Ages) Noel Denholm-Young, introduction to translation of Vita Edwardi Secundi 1957 pix
71,065. Seldom did a son contrast so strangely with his father as did Edward of Carnarvon with Edward the Hammer of the Scots. The mighty warrior and statesman begot a shiftless, thriftless craven. (Edward II & England & Middle Ages) Charles William Chadwick Oman, A History of England 1895 p171
71,066. Oh! The insane stupidity of the king of the English, condemned by God and men, who should not love his infamy and illicit bed, full of sin, and should never have removed from his side his noble consort and her gentle wifely embraces, in contempt of her noble birth. (Edward II & England & Middle Ages) Flores Historiarum p224
112,804. But the second Edward, unconventional and self-indulgent, reopened the old debate about royal power; his weaknesses brought the monarchy to the brink of disaster and may have inflicted a uniquely horrible death on the king. Nor was it all gore and glory. (Monarchy & England & Edward I & Edward II & Middle Ages) Monarchy by David Starkey s1e5: A United Kingdom
112,807. Bannockburn became infamous as England’s most shameful defeat by the Scots … Edward fled the battlefield. (Monarchy & England & Edward II & Middle Ages) ibid.
112,808. For the first time in England history a reigning monarch was formally deposed from the throne. (Monarchy & England & Edward II & Middle Ages) ibid.
124,500. Edward II was dominated by his favourites, close friends who influenced his decisions. Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family II, BBC 2019