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Feb 23, 2014 Written by 
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Edward II in popular culture

Cover of the Italian edition of the novel Auramala Cover of the Italian edition of the novel Auramala

The controversial figure of Edward II has at times fascinated playwrights, novelists, poets and film makers. He was both highly religious and capable of scandalous or bizarre behaviour, loathed by the English and by the Scots, but loved by the Welsh. He was a sportsman, though shunned lordly pursuits like hunting in favour of swimming in rivers. He was accustomed to spending time with the common folk, and enjoyed ‘lowly’ endeavours such as gardening. At the same time, he was detested in the end by the masses and was the object of plotting and conspiracy. His was truly a life worthy of film.

Christopher Marlowe composed a tragedy in verse on Edward II (1592), which contributed more than any other work to our modern view of the king. Novelist Ken Follet uses the story of the mysterious death of the king as background to his novel World Without End. Australian writer, Pavian by adoption, Ivan Fowler, has used the Fieschi Letter as the basis for his novel Auramala ( This is the only work of fiction to date that places Edward II at the Abbey of Sant’Alberto di Butrio.

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