Preface; Abbreviations; 1. Problems and sources; 2. Introduction: the king and the magnates before 1318; 3. The rise of the Despensers; 4. The civil war, 1321-2; 5. The aftermath of the civil war: imprisonments and executions; 6. The aftermath of the civil war: confiscations and the territorial settlement; 7. Royal finance, 1321-6; 8. The Despensers' spoils of power, 1321-6; 9. The defeat in Scotland, 1322-3; 10. The French war; 11. The opposition to royal tyranny, 1322-6; 12. London; 13. Queen Isabella's invasion and the end of the regime; 14. Edward II's deposition and ultimate fate; 15. Epilogue; Appendices; Notes; Cited classes of records at the Public Record Office; Sources; Bibliography; Index.
This book reassesses the unusually violent rule of Edward II and the Despensers between 1321 and 1326.