Edward II

Previous king: Edward I (father)       Reigned: 1307-1327       Next king: Edward III (son)

Edward II Robert the Bruce Edward I had tried to conquer Scotland. Edward II abandoned this. Robert the Bruce (see right) gradually regained nearly all the land lost to the English. Eventually Edward II met Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn. Robert the Bruce won the fight decisively, although the English outnumbered the Scots.

Edward was no more successful in England. He relied on favourites to help him rule the country rather than his nobles, and the nobles did not approve! Eventually, Edward's queen Isabella and one of the barons, Mortimer invaded England, and the king was captured. Edward II was deposed in favour of his son, who became Edward III. Edward II was imprisoned and died. Later it was claimed that he was murdered.

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