To be a king and to be murdered — one might say — is no more than a hazard of the job. Yet precisely this fate was visited on at least two British royals, if certain sources are believed — and to that number we might add the awful fate of a third king, Edward II, popularly thought to have been done in by means of a red-hot poker forced into his rectum, not to mention the fortunate if malodorous escape of a royal consort, Gerald of Windsor, whose ravishing Welsh wife, Princess Nest, lived an adventurous life early in the twelfth century. Let us begin our tale with the first of these kings. Edmund Ironside left takes on Cnut in single combat. From an old, but far from contemporary, source: the Chronicle Maoira of Matthew Paris. Edmund still represented a threat to the Danes, and he and Cnut agreed to divide the kingdom between them, with Edmund retaining the Saxon heartland of Wessex and Cnut taking the north and east of England.
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Edward II of England - Wikipedia
The fourth son of Edward I , Edward became the heir apparent to the throne following the death of his elder brother Alphonso. Beginning in , Edward accompanied his father on campaigns to pacify Scotland , and in was knighted in a grand ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Following his father's death, Edward succeeded to the throne in He married Isabella , the daughter of the powerful King Philip IV of France , in , as part of a long-running effort to resolve tensions between the English and French crowns. Edward had a close and controversial relationship with Piers Gaveston , who had joined his household in The precise nature of his and Gaveston's relationship is uncertain; they may have been friends, lovers or sworn brothers. Edward's relationship with Gaveston inspired Christopher Marlowe 's play Edward II , along with other plays, films, novels and media.
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September 21, Gloucester, England King Edward II is rumored to have been murdered at the behest of his wife, by having a horn pushed into his anus through which a red-hot poker was inserted, cooking his organs internally. During a drawn out feud for the crown, Edward was convinced to abdicate the thrown to ensure his son, Edward III, would be King. Edward II was then imprisoned by his wife Isabella, who had previously visited France to negotiate a peace treaty and refused to return to England while in France she had allied herself with the exiled Roger Mortimer and, with his assistance, was able to contain Edward.
Current This is a list of the methods of execution used currently around the world. See methods of execution worldwide for a list of which countries use which executions. Executions in western countries are more humane , and usually give the person being executed a relatively quick painless death. Of course, in some countries like Iran , executions are still traditional , and so are slower and more painful.