Introducing King Edward II

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Introducing King Edward II

Like you’ve never known him before…

Powerful figures, influential thinkers and ground-breaking pioneers feature throughout Gloucester Cathedral's history, each with their own story to tell. Back in June, we decided to bring one of these individuals to life as a character on Twitter; Kyneburga was the first Abbess of St Peter’s, but most of us know relatively little about who she really was or the hugely important role that she played in our Abbey past. Every week, we share a tweet ‘from’ Kyneburga as she casts her heavenly eye over the Cathedral. These tweets are all based on direct translations from the Historia, which is a chronicle of our monastic history written in the 14th century.

Today, we’re excited to announce that we will be bringing another crucial figure in Gloucester Cathedral’s past to life – none other than King Edward II, whose tomb can be found in the North Ambulatory. History has often painted this king as a controversial character, a weak and unpopular ruler who met a brutal death. However, we’re convinced that there’s far more to King Edward II than this.

We have been working closely with the historian Stephen Spinks to shape this Twitter character, and to ensure it is as accurate as possible. Stephen is a renowned expert on the life of King Edward II, and is author of ‘Edward II The Man’. He also has a blog, which you can read here.

“Edward was a man born to be king, who ruled like a king out of his age, and ultimately paid a high price because he exercised his power in the only way he knew how. He is more than history has for so long declared him to be.” Edward II The Man, Stephen Spinks

We’ll be sharing weekly tweets ‘from’ Edward II, so look out for the hashtag #KingEdwardIITweets. It will be accompanied by this brilliant illustration of the king, which has been created by Hannah Shaw and is based on historical evidence about his appearance.

Our first tweet in the voice of King Edward II will be shared on our Twitter page next week, so watch this space. We hope you enjoy unpacking his story with us!


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