(From the publisher):
Edward II's first act on coming to the throne was to recall Piers Gaveston, whom his father had banished because he thought he was having an evil influence on his son, and the new King's devotion to the shrewd and avaricious Gaveston soon became a scandal. It was thought, however, that when Edward married the Princess who was reckoned to be one of the most beautiful in Europe, his inclinations would change. But nothing could make him swerve from his attachment to Gaveston, and Gaveston was clearly the man to make the most of royal favor.
The new Queen Isabella, accustomed to adulation, was at first nonplussed by the King's attitude and then bitterly humiliated; and she was not a woman to forget or forgive. The country was in turmoil. The death of the first Edward had given the Scots the chance they had longed for, and Robert the Bruce was the man to take advantage of it in such a way that he was finally able to defeat the English at Bannokburn. The influential barons rose in protest against the rule of Gaveston and, led by the King's cousin, Lancaster, threatened civil war. Gaveston's arrogance and the King's folly in due course led to the murder on Blacklow Hill.
But when the handsome Hugh le Despenser was brought to the King's notice there was another to take Gaveston's place in his affections. The King was making enemies throughout the country but he did not realize that the most deadly of these was the Queen. Cleverly biding her time Isabella waited until her schemes could mature, and when she met and fell madly in love with Roger de Mortimer, she knew the time had come; they worked together to overthrow the man who had humiliated her by showing his preference for handsome young men.
Alluring, powerful and ruthless Isabella emerges as the triumphant conqueror, while Edward plunges along that road on which his follies have set him and which ends in history's most horrific murder within the thick dark walls of Berkeley Castle.
Original title: The Follies of the King
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ The "royals"
Fiction→ Historical→ European→ British Isles→ England