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Edward I and Edward II

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Kind Edward I and King Edward II displayed extremely different characteristics, personalities, and skill in the respective time as ruler of England. Even though they were father and son, the two had a hard time getting along in the castle due to Edward II's weak persona. Edward II was the fourth son of Edward I and his wife, Eleanor of Castile. Edward I presented Edward II as a newborn to the Welsh as their future native prince. The native princes of Welsh had allegedly asked King Edward I to give them a prince who spoke Welsh. The king responded that he would give them a prince who spoke no English. ...read more.


Yet, Edward I guided Edward II, at an older age, through many Scots campaigns. Nonetheless, Edward II's father's efforts could not stop Edward II from obtaining habits of frivolity and extravagance. Edward I criticized his son for these qualities but Edward II kept these qualities for all his life and brought about a weak rule in England when he became king. Edward II had a very strong attachment to his friend, Piers Gaveston, a Gascon knight. King Edward I assumed his son's glitches in personality and preferences were due to this attachment of Edward II to his friend, Piers. Edward I recklessly exiled Piers Gaveston from the court after Prince Edward attempted to give his friend a title that was only for the royalty. ...read more.


Hence, the differences between Edward I and Edward II portray the problems the two had in maintaining a strong and beneficial relationship. Edward I had high hopes for his son, Edward II, but Edward II failed to provide any strong influence on the king as he was disappointed by Edward II's lack of ability and skill. Before Edward I died on July 1307 in another campaign against the Scots, he asked Edward II to "boil his body, extract the bones, and carry them with the army," until the Scots had been defeated. However, Edward II immediately ignored the request and brought back his long time friend, Piers Gaveston, and even awarded him the title, Earl of Cornwall. The problems between Edward I and Edward II were brought to the forefront during this stage, as Edward II reversed some of the measures taken by his father. ...read more.

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