This Day in History: 1309-08-15

By mid-August 1309, Piers Gaveston was back with Edward II following a recent banishment. Gaveston was publicly if reluctantly acknowledged by the nobles in parliament; it is significant that Thomas of Lancaster who had not been involved in the campaign to banish Gaveston had now become disaffected by this time. Gaveston, with his position with Edward secure again, began to give the nobles derisive nicknames :Henry de Lacy of Pontefract Castle was ‘Burst-Belly’ and Thomas Earl of Lancaster,  later of Pontefract Castle was nicknamed ‘Churl’.