Much mystery surrounds the fate of Edward II after he was captured by Roger Mortimer and Queen Isabella. THE SPELLBINDERS follows the Fieschi hypothesis, according to which Edward did not die, as official historiography would have it, at Berkeley Castle, but escaped to Italy and retired to St Alberto di Butrio, an abbey deep in the hills of South-western Lombardy. I visited St Alberto in July 2017. Though not far from Milan, it is isolated and feels delightfully backwaterish. Here are some pictures I took. For a comprehensive treatment of Edward II’s fate after his capture, I recommend Kathryn Warner’s fascinating book Long Live the King.