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From: John Steele Gordon <>
Subject: Re: Children of Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2000 21:04:37 GMT
malinda jones wrote:
> What kind of miserable death did Roger Mortimer have ?
> (I remember Edward II all too well...no need to go into that on my account)
Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, was hanged at Tyburn on November
29th, 1330. His death, I suppose, was a disgraceful one, being hanged
instead of beheaded, but it was not particularly miserable, at least by
the standards of an age that could be very creative indeed when it came
to devising miserable deaths.
The Oxford Companion to British History says of Roger Mortimer, He "had
no reservations in displaying his power, wealth, and position. This
regime [he and his lover, Queen Isabella, ran the country after Edward
II's overthrow] proved to be as corrupt and incompetent as that of the
Despensers which it succeeded, . . ."
Through his son Edmund and his daughter Katherine, he is ancestral to
many, many people living today.
Whether Edward II actually suffered *his* miserable death, of course, is
a question that in all likelihood will never be known for sure.
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