I now know how truly hard it is to do research for a story when the information doesn’t always add up.
I am in the middle of my research (or I like to think of it as being in the middle, in actuality it is in fact the start), I have been looking on the web and found a book called The Brief History of the Monarchy of Britain – this doesn’t just include all of England’s kings and queens, but also those of the Welsh and Scots.
My research is more on Edward the
1st 4th of England, aka Longshanks, minor info I have gained on this man:
- He had a lisp
- He was not only tall, his limbs were long too
- He had black hair
- Like all the past kings he had a temper, but it would only flare when he was passionate about what he was arguing about
- He was a family man like his father before him
- An assassin tried to kill him in the Holy Land
- He was rather… Well, hard to put this part, but he hated that the baron’s misused their authority (meaning his own authority) againist the people who lived off/on their land. Could be due to his father having been king and the baron’s managed to beat him down and suppress the rule of the monarchy. He made sure that the barons/lords who ruled over his lands were not misusing their power’s of authority.
It is true that he wanted Scotland to become part of his country – after all he suppressed the Welsh and named his own son, who had been born on the Welsh soil (this was part of the deal, the Welsh wanted the future king to have been born on their lands) as the Prince of Wales, thus Edward 2nd was the first English prince to be given the title. However rather than attacking the Scottish – since Scotland at the time had King Alexander, who had managed to unify the majority of Scotland due to fighting off the Norse, although they did keep Orkney for another two hundred years – his plan to unify the two countries started after Alexander’s tragic death (it was tragic, but rather comical, he rode his horse off a cliff, might just be me who finds that funny though) with Edward marrying the future queen of Scotland, thus the two countries would be bound together without violence.
Of course, they never married, aside from the Scot’s not being happy with the proposal, the future queen died just after her ship landed, thus the country was thrown into further turmoil, never mind the English prince, the Scot’s had no monarch.
Of course there was families linked to the Scottish crown, two of the most well known were Robert the Bruce (not the man that has had millions of movies made of him, this is his grandfather) and John Balliol.
The Scottish baron’s asked for Edward to be part of the ‘panel’ if you like, to decide which of the 8 could/should become their future king. The majority all picked John Balliol, including Edward, who though he was a bit of a push over – this is in fact wrong, if anything John Balliol would be a wee thorn on Edward’s side. Had Edward chosen the Bruce instead, well, he was a bit of a push over.
A few years into his reign and Balliol revolted against Edward, leading to clashes between Scots and English, due to this Edward took control – who would if someone raised an army and attacked the borders of your country? He pushed the Scots back and arrested Balliol, although the man was sent away some years later, he was a virtual prisoner.
In the wake of this revolt came along William Wallace – many tales have been told about this man so it’s hard to get all the facts. It’s easier to get notes and history’s about kings than anyone else due to the fact that scribes would write down important moments of their lives. It is believed that Wallace would have been a knight’s son – given the fact he could weild a sword and use it well kinda gives you that impression. I should now mention that due to the Balliol revolt Edward three baron’s rule over Scotland, these three abused their power – after all they were away from their king and in another’s land.
Another thing that should be made a note of is that Edward, and all kings in that time, would be with their army’s to keep them in line, so at no point would Edward have died in his bed in his castle, in fact he died at the age of 68 on his way to fight the Scots, his second wife – who he was only married to for 8 years had stated that “when Edward died, all other men died for me.”