Edward II: The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable End of Edward the Second, King of England, with the Tragical Fall of Proud Mortimer - Study Guide Act 1, Scene 1 Summary & Analysis

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This verse drama tells the story of the medieval British king Edward II, removed from power by powerful noblemen because of his apparently excessive attentions to a young favorite, Piers Gaveston. It is essentially a study of human weakness and frailty, and also explores themes related to the positive and negative aspects of loyalty.

Gaveston learns in a letter sent to him from Edward that he's been invited back to court after being banished by Edward's father (the previous king). Gaveston speaks in soliloquy about his joy at being the king's favorite, and vows to serve none but him. Three Poor Men appear, seeking employment. At first, he casually rejects two but engages one, but after hearing their rude comments about him tells all three that once he returns to the king's service, he'll seek employment for them all. They thank him and go out...

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