Edward II: The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable End of Edward the Second, King of England, with the Tragical Fall of Proud Mortimer - Act 1, Scene 4, Part 1 Summary & Analysis

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Act 1, Scene 4, Part 1 Summary

The Mortimers, Lancaster, Warwick, Canterbury, and other lords sign an order banishing Gaveston. Edward comes in, accompanied by Gaveston and Edmund. The Lords speak contemptuously about Gaveston, leading Edward and Gaveston to speak threateningly in response. Mortimer Sr. orders his attendants to take Edmund and Gaveston out, and they do. Edward and the Lords taunt each other with increasingly violent threats as they argue over whether Gaveston can and should be banished, with Edward offering new titles to Lancaster, Warwick, and Mortimer in exchange for being allowed to keep Gaveston at his side. Mortimer asks why Edward is so determined. Edward says Gaveston "loves [him] more than all the world", and says that only rude and low-born men would seek to take Gaveston from him. Canterbury threatens to release the Lords from their vows of loyalty to the throne, implying that...

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