Edward II of England

King of England; born in Caernarfon

Edward II (25 April 1284 – 21 September 1327) also called as Edward of Caernarfon was the King of England from 1307 until he was forced to abdicate the throne in 1327. His tendency to ignore his nobility, in favour of low-born favorites, led to political trouble and eventually to his removal from the throne. He is most remembered for a story about his alleged murder, which was linked to his reliance on the corrupt family of Hugh le Despenser the Younger, which has been seen by some as evidence of his homosexuality.

Edward II
King of England
Reign7 July 1307 - 20 January 1327
Coronation25 February 1308
PredecessorEdward IV
SuccessorEdward VI
Born(1284-04-25)25 April 1284
Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd
Died21 September 1327(1327-09-21) (aged 43)
Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire
Burial20 December 1327
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HousePlantagenet
FatherEdward IV of England
MotherEleanor of Castile
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Although he is often known as "Edward II", some historians call him "Edward V" because prior to the Norman conquest, there were three kings with the name "Edward": Edward the Elder, Edward the Martyr and Edward the Confessor. Because some historians refer to the first three King Edwards of England as "Edward I", "II" and "III", Edward who is often called Edward II is known as "Edward V".