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Piers Gaveston : Edward II's Adoptive Brother - Pierre Chaplais

Piers Gaveston

Edward II's Adoptive Brother

Hardcover Published: 19th September 1994
ISBN: 9780198204497
Number Of Pages: 172

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This is a highly original reappraisal of the role of Piers Gaveston in English history and of his personal relationship with Edward II. It challenges the accepted view that Gaveston had a homosexual affair with Edward, and reassesses the main events of Gaveston's career, including his exiles from England and the scandal over the alleged theft of royal jewels.
Pierre Chaplais draws his evidence from documentary and narrative sources including unpublished record evidence. The conclusions are fascinating and often surprising. The unusual features of the famous royal charter of 6 August 1307, which granted the earldom of Cornwall to Gaveston are discussed at length for the first time. Special attention is also paid to the king's personal intervention in the drafting and sealing of documents relating to Gaveston, and to the history of the great seal of absence used while Edward was in France in 1308.
This unique criticism of the documentary evidence by a leading diplomatist and historian of the period reveals the reality behind the myths surrounding Piers Gaveston, and makes fascinating reading.

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`scrupulous study' The Times 'The arguments are scholarly.' James Mildren, Western Morning News 'Pierre Chaplais's profound understanding of documents and their seals ultimately derives from a fascination with detail of this kind. His work brings us uniquely close to the practices and procedures of English medieval administration.' Times Literary Supplement `Pierre Chaplais is the master of English diplomatic history, and he displays his erudition in some magnificent vignettes...Chaplais' diplomatic skills allay the confusion over the date of Gaveston's final return from exile...Chaplais also clarifies the date of the papal bull absolving Gaveston of excommunication...We can but thank Chaplais for the insights he so ably has provided.' Albion `A highly original reappraisal of the role of Piers Gaveston in English and of his personal relationship with Edward II.' The Medieval World `an unusual book' The English Historical Review `Chaplais brings out interesting new evidence to demonstrate just how completely Edward trusted his alter ego.' Scott L. Waugh, University of Callifornia, Los Angeles, Speculum - A Journal of Medieval Studies, Apr, 1996 Pierre Chaplais s well known as a leading authority on the diplomatic and administrative history of late-medieval England, and he is also a highly respected paleographer. His analysis of the dating and decoration of the charter granting the earldom of Cornwall to Gaveston is fascinating. Regardless of whether his novel interpretation of the relationship between king and favorite is accepted, this slim volume will remain a model iof insightful scholarship.

List of Plates
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: A reluctant king and his alter egop. 1
Compact of Brotherhoodp. 6
England's Second King?p. 23
Exile in Ireland and Rehabilitationp. 44
Last Exile and Deathp. 69
The Newcastle Jewels and Gaveston's Chamberlainshipp. 90
Conclusion: Adoptive Brothers or Lovers?p. 109
Appendix I. Westminster Abbey and Gaveston in 1308 and 1309p. 115
Appendix II. The Newcastle Jewelsp. 125
Indexp. 135
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ISBN: 9780198204497
ISBN-10: 0198204493
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 19th September 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.21 x 16.43  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.45

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