Herbert Adler 2008
The Ruling passion is a story of infatuation and a relation ship pursued to destruction . Prince Edward was the only surviving son of Edward I, once of England’s greatest warrior kings whose subjugation of The Welsh, campaigns against the Scots and massive programme of castle building near-bankrupted the realm.
Not only was Prince Edward unsuited to carry through his father's military ambitions, as her to the throne, but his defiant resistance to everyone pressure to abandon his relationship with the Gascon warrior Piers Gaveston was to have disastrous consequences
Chosen for Radio 4's book at bedtime October 2008