Edward II was a man out of his time. Today we can admire a monarch who has the common touch. Yet he went too far and broke the rules of conduct in a society which could tolerate his homosexuality, but not his preference for workmen. Mary Saaler paints an illuminating portrait of a complex character, a man who enjoyed the countryside and the arts, but whose reign brought the country to a state of civil war.
Mary Saaler - Mary Saaler teaches Latin, palaeography and archaeology, and has written Anne of Cleaves and many articles relating to the history of Surrey.