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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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England’s Second King?

England’s Second King?

(p.23) 2 England’s Second King?
Piers Gaveston

Pierre Chaplais

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the accession of Edward Carnarvon and the events that took place after the death of Edward I. Piers Gaveston's return from exile was the first action taken by the new king. It describes Gaveston's return from Ponthieu, the grant of earldom of Cornwall to Gaveston, the charter of 6 August 1307, Gaveston as regent, and the king's coronation. Besides carrying the crown, Gaveston performed two other functions at the coronation ceremony: he redeemed post oblacionem Regis at the Curtana sword, which had been carried in the procession by the earl of Lancaster; he also fastened the spur on the king's left foot. It was presumably in his capacity as the king's adoptive brother and according to the king's wishes that Gaveston carried the crown and walked just in front of him.

Keywords:   Edward Carnarvon, Edward I, Piers Gaveston, Ponthieu, earldom of Cornwall, regent, coronation

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