Daily History Byte: The big debate: Was Edward II really murdered?
There are many mysteries in English history. One of them concerns the death of King Edward II. Most claim he died in 1327 (either by starvation or having a red-hot rod shoved in a most inconvenient location), and there are others who believe Edward survived well into the 1330s.
In 2005, the bestselling historian Ian Mortimer caused a storm when he argued that Edward II had not been assassinated at Berkeley Castle in 1327 – received opinion for almost 700 years – and was still alive in 1330. His theory has attracted numerous critics, among them the medieval academic Nicholas Vincent. Here the two put forward their conflicting views on the fate of an English king.