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Homophobia Likely Caused the Despenser Wars

Edward II, Queen Isabella, and the execution of Hugh Despenser

Queen Isabella and her army. Miniature from the British Library, 15th century manuscript (Royal MS 15 E IV, f. 316v). Public Domain Source

In researching my family lineage, I found links to the nobility in England. This isn’t uncommon, as it took certain privilege and connections to survive the plague and famines and wars with a paper trail intact. One of the recent lines I’ve been…

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