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Isabella Sends Her Husband into the Great Beyond

King Edward II of England has been moved from castle to castle by his wife, Queen Isabella, ever since she forced him to abdicate his throne in favor of their son, Edward III but things are getting dangerous. As long as the father lives, a rebellion against her son is possible. Isabella makes a decision. Now Edward II's screams can be heard for miles around as he is bent over and a red hot poker is .... well... use your imagination. [1] Depending on how they did it, it was possible to leave NO MARK ON THE BODY. It would look like a natural death despite what anyone heard. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
I'm sure Isabella saw her husband's execution as poetic justice for humiliating her in front of England and the world with his various lovers. It also makes sense not to have an "extra king" on the sidelines as a rallying point for rebels. No doubt Isabella hoped to dominate her 15-year-old son, Edward III, but the boy is no wimp and he knows his mother too well. She will find herself sidelined and eventually shipped off to a nunnery.

In the Name of the Rose

"The Name of the Rose" is a good historical novel and movie that comes to an end some time around 1327 with the death of a minor character in the book....Adso's lover. Her name is unknown, but she is burned at the stake for heresy. She has a less likely fate in the movie. "The Name of the Rose" is a detective story. Several monks are found dead in a French monastery. The Inquisitor, Bernard Gui, is sent to find a heresy but William of Baskerville is sent to find an answer to the question: who really did it and how? During this inquiry, William's assistant, Adso, finds himself alone with a peasant girl accused of heresy and one thing leads to another. [8] [9] [10] [11]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
"The Name of the Rose" is a great movie but it does take some license. The Inquisitor, Bernard Gui, was a real person but not as evil as portrayed. Inquisitions were frightening and torture was normal Roman justice, but the Church did not regularly kill their congregants. More often people were given second and third chances.[12] I'm not a Christian so I'm not trying to make excuses for the Church. Secondly, how likely was it that a peasant girl would give Adso a roll in the hay? Reasonably likely. Modesty was not a high priority in those days and a woman used whatever power she had over a man. [13]

See Also


  1. Cantor, Norman F., In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made, Harper Perennial, 2001. p. 75. (BOOK)
  2. 1330: Roger Mortimer, usurper, ExecutedToday.com, 2011-Nov-29.
  3. 1330: Edmund of Woodstock, family man, ExecutedToday.com, 2014-Mar-19.
  4. Edward II of England - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  5. Isabella of France - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  6. Edward III, Timeline of World History, 2013 [last update]
  7. Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim (Barbara Tuchman, bio). A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century. Ballantine, 1979. p. 72. (BOOK)
  8. 1327: Adso's lover in "The Name of the Rose", ExecutedToday.com, 2010-Dec-1.
  9. Bernard Gui - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  10. 1318: Four Fraticelli Friars, ExecutedToday.com, 2012-May-7.
  11. 1300: Gerard Segarelli, Apostolic Brethren founder, ExecutedToday.com, 2011-Jul-18.
  12. Cantor, Norman F., The Civilization of the Middle Ages, Norman F. Cantor, Harper Perennial, August 3, 1994. pp. 314-315, 425-426. (BOOK)
  13. Cantor, Norman F., In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made, Harper Perennial, 2001. p. 58. (BOOK)

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