Edward II Biography

King (1284–c. 1327)
Edward II of England defended his crown against rival barons for twenty years before being overthrown by his own wife and son.


Edward II ascended to the British throne upon the death of his father in 1307. He immediately earned the hatred of the regional barons, who curtailed his power, and supported his cousin Thomas of Lancaster. Edward was also defeated at Brannockburn in1314 by Scottish king Robert I the Bruce, securing Scottish independence. Finally, Edward's own wife and son deposed and imprisoned him in 1327.

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