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Piers Gaveston is perhaps the most infamous royal favorite in English history. Elevated to the peerage as Earl of Cornwall by Edward II in 1307, he was an influential figure in the first years of the king's reign. Gaveston's brief but turbulent career culminated in his murder in 1312.
Over the course of seven centuries, the image of Gaveston has been reduced to little more than a parody of the historical figure. He is commonly viewed as a sycophantic homosexual with a marked tendency towards avarice, nepotism, and excessive pride. As a result, it is difficult to assess Gaveston's impact on various aspects of Edward's reign, particularly the political developments.
Using both documentary and narrative sources, J. S. Hamilton reconstructs an impartial account of Gaveston's life. He briefly traces the origins and activities of Gaveston's family in Gascony and in England and then chronicles Gaveston's public career.
The examination of Gaveston's role in the early years of Edward's reign inevitably leads to broader questions of patronage, personality, and the nature of the baronial opposition to the crown. As a result, Hamilton adds a new dimension to a revisionist picture of Edward's troubled reign.
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Using both documentary and narrative sources, J. S. Hamilton reconstructs an impartial account of Gaveston's life. He briefly traces the origins and activities of Gaveston's family in Gascony and in England and then chronicles Gaveston's public career.About the Author:
J. S. Hamilton is an assistant professor of history at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from Emory University and has also studied at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
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Book Description Wayne State University Press / Harvester - Wheatsheaf, Detroit, MI / London, UK, 1988. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition / First Printing. Octavo. 192 pp, acknowledgements, introduction, 7 chapters, conclusion, appendix 1 & 2, notes, bibliography, index. Binding tight, pages clean and unmarked, cover cloth & lettering near fine, in near fine brass colored DJ 6.2" x 9.3" black cloth boards, gilt spine lettering, in DJ - with mylar protector. Seller Inventory # 003046
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