This Day in History: 1312-12-20

On 20th December 1312, a ‘treaty of peace’ was cobbled together, under the auspices of envoys from the pope and French court, between Edward II and the earls responsible for the death of Piers Gaveston. The Earls of Lancaster (lord of Pontefract) and Warwick were to submit to the king’s grace and return to him jewels and horses seized by Lancaster when Edward and Gaveston fled Newcastle. Edward would reciprocate by setting aside his bitterness at Gaveston’s demise.