Thursday, 9 June 2016
June 9th - disaster strikes Piers Gaveston
June 9th marks the beginning of the end for Piers Gaveston. Having surrendered on very favourable terms to Amyer de Valance, Earl of Pembroke, Piers was no doubt in good spirits. Pembroke had sworn an oath of honour to protect Piers whilst he was in his custody. He no doubt treated Piers with respect. But somehow, Guy of Warwick, Piers Black Hound, knew of Pembroke 's plans. He must have had spies tracking Pembroke. When he knew Pembroke was off to visit his wife at Bampton, leaving Piers at Deddington Priory with a small guard, he seized his chance. Piers and Edward II obviously trusted Pembroke. Edward II made no attempt to rescue Piers from Pembroke and Piers made no attempt to escape despite the small guard - after all, he was safer in Pembroke 's custody rather than roaming through the English countryside. Piers must have felt doomed when he heard Warwick had come for him, and Pembroke 's token guards were no match for him and his soldiers. I have to wonder - did he have a glimmer of hope?