Edward II and the Fieschi Letter

Son of Edward I, father of Edward III and ruler of England 1307–27, Edward II’s claims to fame are few. Humiliated by the Scots at Bannockburn, it’s perhaps not unjust to say his reign is one that is often submerged within the vast sea that is England’s history.

In recent times, this has changed slightly. In addition to a, largely fictitious, portrayal of him in Braveheart, interest in this king has also increased for more academic reasons. The main reason for this is a series of questions that have been raised about the exact manner of his death, something which was of crucial importance to my novel, The Crown Jewels Conspiracy.

Was the king murdered in the dungeons of Berkeley Castle? Or did he not die there at all?