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Friday, April 25, 2008

King Edward II of England

On this date in our family history . . . the 25th day of April . . . in the year 1284 . . . Edward II of England is born at Caernarvon Castle in Wales . . . this future King of England is currently believed to be an 18th great-grandpa of our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this genealogy blog . . .

The Popular History of England An Illustrated History of Society and Government from the Earliest Period to Our Own Times By Charles Knight: "fifty and sixty volumes iu quarto and the work is not yet completed The queen of Edward was with the king during his abode in Wales and there at Caernarvon her son Edward was born on the 25th ot April 1284 The child was afterwards declared prince of Wales The noble castle of Caernarvon in the Eagle tower of which the queen is said to have been confined was many years in building and had scarcely been commenced at that period t Conway was begun to be built somewhat earlier Caernarvon Castle "

Lives of the Queens of England, from the Norman Conquest By Agnes Strickland: "princess Isabella was a Early in spring 1284 Edward carried his queen to his newly built castle of Caernarvon a stronghold he had just finished to awe the insurgents of the principality This truly royal fortress according to the antiquary Pennant appears at present in its external state precisely as when queen Eleanora first entered the stupendous gateway so many centuries ago The walls are studded by defensive round towers they have two principal gates the east facing the Snowdon mountains the west commanding the Menai The entrance to the castle is very stately beneath a noble tower on the front of which appears the statue of the great Edward 2 finely carved from the life drawing a dagger with a stern air as if menacing his unwilling subjects This entrance had four portcullises and ever"

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