The Ruling Passion

The Ruling Passion

David Horovitz reads from David Pownall's novel, recounting the life of Edward II, his troubled reign and his divisive relationship with the knight Piers Gaveston.

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01*20081027

The Ruling Passion

David Horovitz reads from David Pownall's novel, recounting the life of Edward II, his troubled reign and his divisive relationship with the knight Piers Gaveston.

1/10.

July 1303: Edward I embarks on a military campaign to subdue Scotland.

At home, his son Ned shows little appetite for kingship, instead directing his attentions towards the Gascon knight Piers Gaveston.

02*20081028

Edward I struggles to persuade his son to give up his unhealthy obsession with Gaveston.

03*20081029

The king is furious when young Edward begs to be allowed to give away some of his lands to Gaveston.

04* *20081030

An encounter with a holy man at York Cathedral causes the king unexpected distress.

0520081031

Following the death of his father, the newly-crowned Edward II wastes no time in ennobling his lover, Gaveston.

0620081103

6/10.

The newly-crowned Edward II's relationship with Gaveston causes consternation amongst the Church and the nobility.

0720081104

7/10.

Edward's enemies prepare to bring the new King to heel.

0820081105

7/10.

Gaveston settles some old scores.

0920081106

9/10.

Edward and Gaveston contravene a pact drawn up with the Kingdom's most powerful families.

10 LAST20081107

David Horovitz reads from David Pownall's novel, recounting the life of Edward II, his troubled reign and his divisive relationship with the knight Piers Gaveston.

10/10.

Gaveston is exiled to Bruges, but Edward cannot do without him.