The Execution and Burial of Roger Mortimer, First Earl of March (1287-1330)

When Roger Mortimer of Wigmore, earl of March, was hanged for treason in November 1330, it marked the end of a series of semi-constitutional executions spanning almost fifty years which had destroyed the confidence of the barons in the royal system of justice.  The comparative benevolence which pervaded Mortimer's exit from this world was in marked contrast to the brutalities inflicted on their enemies by Edward I,  Edward II and, indeed, by Mortimer himself.  Though one might have expected some injudicious actions in the face of Edward II's weak reign or the turmoil of Mortimer and Isabella's usurpation, it was Edward I, the 'English Justinian', who initiated personal vengeance and the political mutilation of his enemies.  This paper looks at the treatment of traitors' corpses in the three reigns, and at the circumstances which affected their proper interment.

A5 format.  36 pages.

  • Author Barbara Wright
  • Publisher Flower Press
  • Published In Otley, Yorkshire
  • Year Published 1998