Roger Mortimer

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Roger Mortimer (1287?-1330), 1st Earl of March (1328-1330). He succeeded to his father's great estates in England and Ireland as Baron Wigmore in about 1304 and, as lieutenant of Ireland defeated an invasion by the Scots in 1317. He joined other marcher lords in opposition to Edward II’s Despenser favourites in 1321. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London, but later escaped to France where he became the lover of Isabella, Edward’s queen.

They invaded England together in 1326, deposed Edward and had him imprisoned, then murdered, in Berkeley Castle. In the name of the teenage Edward, Prince of Wales he became the effective ruler of England, gave himself the honour of Earl of March in 1328, and presided over a government as corrupt as that of the Despenser influenced Edward’s had been. In 1330 the young Edward led a small group of supporters into Nottingham Castle, and captured Mortimer. He was tried by Parliament, found guilty of high treason and hanged, drawn and quartered.

See also Edward II.

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