Loving all his imperfections – a novelist’s take on Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March. A guest post by Anna Belfrage
I was invited to write a post for The Mortimer History Society. Left me puffed up with pride 🙂
Roger Mortimer, 1st earl of March (1287-1330) remains a figure of much controversy even over five hundred years after his death. With the recent (and extremely thorough) research carried out by historian Kathryn Warner on Edward II and Queen Isabella, interest in Roger has grown as a result. Was he responsible for the apparent murder of Edward II? Were he and Queen Isabella even lovers? Was he a tyrant, deserving of his execution? Dr Ian Mortimer looked to answer these questions in his excellent 2003 biography The Greatest Traitor: the Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, Ruler of England 1327-1330, yet there is still little middle ground.
As a result of academic and popular interest in the life of Roger Mortimer there has also been several historical fiction novels written in recent years, notably Anna Belfrage’s trilogy ‘The King’s Greatest Enemy’ centred on Edward II’s reign…
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