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Piers GavestonEdward II's Adoptive Brother$
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Pierre Chaplais

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204497

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204497.001.0001

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Compact of Brotherhood

Compact of Brotherhood

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(p.6) 1 Compact of Brotherhood
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Piers Gaveston
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Pierre Chaplais

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204497.003.0002

The chroniclers of the reign agree in blaming both Edward II and Piers Gaveston for all the ill that afflicted the kingdom from 1307 to 1312. Most of the blame was laid at Gaveston, who made enemies of the earls by his insults and arrogance, and above all gave evil counsel to the king. The king's main fault was that he listened only too readily to Gaveston's counsel instead of taking the advice of his English barons, as a result after six years of throne, Edward had accomplished nothing worthwhile. This chapter describes references to compacts of brotherhood, continental and English cases of adoptive brotherhood in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, and the idea of brotherhood agreement between Edward and Gaveston.

Keywords:   Edward II, Piers Gaveston, brotherhood, adoptive brotherhood, brotherhood agreement

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