Today in History
Following the deposition of his father by his mother, Isabella, and Roger Mortimer, Edward III accedes to the English throne on this date in 1327.
He was just 14, so Isabella and Roger pretty much steered the ship of state, which was the plan all along after the had Edward II arrested for “incompetence; allowing others to govern him to the detriment of the people and Church; not listening to good advice and pursuing occupations unbecoming to a monarch; having lost Scotland and lands in Gascony and Ireland through failure of effective governance; damaging the Church, and imprisoning its representatives; allowing nobles to be killed, disinherited, imprisoned and exiled; failing to ensure fair justice, instead governing for profit and allowing others to do likewise; and of fleeing in the company of a notorious enemy of the realm, leaving it without government, and thereby losing the faith and trust of his people.”
Given the choice between abdicating in favor of his son or resisting and risking that a non-royal would take power (presumably, this would have been Mortimer, who, in fact, ended up in charge anyway), Edward II abdicated and Edward III became king.
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