Tyranny and deposition
in The reign of Edward II, 1307–27
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In this chapter, the editors present and discuss documents relating to and the events of the period of so-called tyranny after the civil war of 1322. They also examine the events and contemporary comment upon the overthrow of Edward II, the process of deposition or of forced abdication. The reprisals following the civil war are discussed and narrative accounts of these given; following this period of tyranny the subsequent articles of accusation levelled at the Despensers and Edward, as set out in the chapter, help us to understand the context in which the overthrow of Edward could take place and be justified to contemporaries, as it was in January 1327.

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