About the author

 

As well as a writer of fiction, I am an academic at the University of Reading. I was first captivated by Edward II’s impossibly romantic story while carrying out research for my 2015 academic monograph, The Sexual Constitution of Political Authority.

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Artwork by jugendstil artist Erwin Stolz. Rather what I picture the young Edward to have looked like — he was tall, blond, and well-built.