Keeping to the subject of Edwards of England, Edward II’s favourite, Piers Gaveston, was executed today, the 19th June in 1312.
He had been brought to court by Edward I, but it was his homosexual son who took a fancy to him and once king, began lavishing him with gifts and titles.
All this angered the older Earls of the Kingdom, who ensured he was exiled, not once but twice. ( It was actually the third time, as His father had exiled him before his death too.)
On his return, prompted by the king who missed him, he was seized and imprisoned at Scarborough castle, Yorkshire. The king had tried to hide him(!).He was brought to Warwick and despite calls for clemency, beheaded on orders of Guy de Beauchamp, the Earl of Warwick.
A far worse death awaited King Edward 15 years later.