This Day in History: 1327-09-21

On 21st September 1327, Edward II was ‘murdered’ at Berkeley Castle on the orders of his wife Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer. With the king’s death, Isabella’s new estates were worth 20000 marks (£18.3 million in today’s money), an income greater than even Thomas of Lancaster at the height of his powers. Indeed one of the estates Isabella now controlled was Pontefract castle.