I couldn’t make up my mind where to post my review of Edward II: An Unconventional King. In the end, I decided that it should go on my book blog, but I also wanted to make it available here.
Published 13th October 2014
In other reading, I’ve read a couple of biographies this year. This is unusual for me, but I’m back on familiar territory with this one. I’m a student of the fourteenth century and my other blog, A Writer’s Perspective, is devoted to it.
Edward II is an unusual biography of a medieval monarch in that it sticks to the facts. Warner does not bother with impressing on the reader what the king ‘must have been feeling or thinking’, although there’s a bit of this towards the end. Instead she lays out his itinerary as he travelled across the country. Gifts that he made to friends and family are listed. His attendance and non-attendance at parliaments are recorded.
She is quite firm about the things we will never know and these are usually the things that interest most people about Edward II. Were he and Piers Gaveston…
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