ROGER MORTIMER, 3RD BARON MORTIMER, 1ST EARL OF MARCH

Who was Roger Mortimer and why was he executed?

TIME-LINE AND ADDITIONAL FACTS ON ROGER MORTIMER, 3RD BARON MORTIMER, 1ST EARL OF MARCH. ROGER WAS A POWERFUL LORD, WHO LATER TOOK KING EDWARD II OF ENGLAND'S S QUEEN CONSORT ISABELLA, AS A MISTRESS

TIME-LINE OF ROGER MORTIMER

 
1287
  • 25TH APRIL Roger Mortimer was born in Wigmore Castle, Wigmore, Herefordshire, England the eldest child of Edmund Mortimer, 2nd Baron Mortimer and Margaret de Fiennes
1301
  • 20TH SEPTEMBER Roger at the age of fourteen married Joan de Geneville at the manor of Pembridge Due to this marriage, Roger was given full control of Ludlow castle.
1302
  • Sir Edmund Mortimer was born the son of Rogers and his wife Joan de Geneville
1304
  • 17TH JULY Edmund Mortimer, 2nd Lord Mortimer, Roger's father died. When his father died, he became a ward of Piers Gaverston.
  • Roger is now Baron Mortimer
  • 2ND MAY Margaret Mortimer, Rogers and his wife Joan de Geneville daughter was born
1306
  • 22ND MAY The Feast of the Swans Roger was knighted along with another 267 mean ,on Whitsunday by King Edward I. This was a lavish ceremony in Westminster Abbey Piers Gaverston, Hugh le Despenser, John de Warenne was amongst those same men.
1307
  • 25TH JANUARY King Edward I of England is dead. Now his son Edward II is King of all England.
  • Maud Mortimer,Roger and his wife Joan de Geneville daughter was born
1308
  • King Edward II appointed Piers regent in his place. While he left the country to marry the French king's daughter Isabella of France, This was a responsibility that would normally be given to a close family member of the reigning king
  • JANUARY 'Boulogne agreement'
  • 25TH JANUARY King Edward II of England and Isabella of France were married at Boulogne-sur-Mer,
  • It had been reported that Piers had been seen wearing some of Isabella of France Wedding jewellery which caused stir
  • 25TH FEBRUARY The coronation of King Edward II and his wife Isabella. of France. Roger attended the Coronation and carried a table bearing the royal robes in the ceremony's procession. Piers Gaverston. was dressed in an outfit of royal purple and pearls, and called the king over to sit with him, instead of with his wife Queen Isabella. The French delegation walked out and one earl drew his sword and had to be restrained from attacking Piers Gaverston.. The Kings cousin, Thomas of Lancaster who hated Piers was also present, carrying Curtana, the sword of Edward the Confessor.
  • 28TH OCTOBER Roger and his wife Joan de Geneville went to Ireland where they took seisin of Meath
1309
  • Geoffrey Mortimer, Rogers and his wife Joan de Geneville son was born
1310
  • John Mortimer, Rogers and his wife Joan de Geneville son was born
131
  • Joan Mortimer, Roger and his wife Joan de Geneville daughter was born
1313
  • Isabella Mortimer was born, Roger and his wife Joan de Geneville daughter
  • 19TH JUNE Piers Gaverston is was beheaded at Blacklow Hill near Warwick, Warwickshire by those who seized him.
1314
  • Katherine Mortimer , Roger and his wife Joan de Geneville was born daughter
  • Trim Castle , is passed d down to Roger and his wife, when his wife grandfather Geoffrey de Geneville, 1st Baron Geneville died.
1315
  • NOVEMBER Battle of Kells Part of the Bruce campaign in Ireland Location Kells, County Meath Result Scottish/Irish victory Roger is commander for the English for Ireland and Edward Bruce was commander for Scotland
1316
  • 27TH JUNE Roger's son Edmund married Elizabeth de Badlesmere
  • 23RD NOVEMBER Roger was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. 1317–1318
1317
  • Lady Agnes Mortimer was born the daughter of Roger and his wife Joan de Geneville
1318
  • Roger returned to England and Wales
1319
  • 19TH APRIL Roger's daughter Katherine was married to Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick, Their marriage required a Papal dispensation as they were related within the prohibited third and fourth degrees
  • Roger is appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland again 1318–1320
  • MAY Roger's daughter Margaret was married to Thomas de Berkeley
1320
  • Roger began building Roger built the Great Chamber at Ludlow Castle.
1321
  • Blanche Mortimer was born, to Roger and his wife Joan de Geneville
1322
  • Roger attacked attacked and burnt Bridgnorth Castle.
  • JULY Warrants were issued for Roger's arrest for having led the Marcher lords in a revolt against King Edward II in what became known as the Despenser War
  • A death sentence was passed on Roger However this was commuted to life imprisonment
  • Roger was imprisoned in the Tower of London
1323
  • AUGUST Roger aided by the Constable, Stephen de Segrave, drugged the warders and escaped.
  • Roger attempted to capture Windsor and Wallingford Castles to free imprisoned Contrariants. Roger eventually fled to France, pursued by warrants for his capture dead or alive
1325
  • Roger was re-introduced to Queen consort Isabella of France by, Isabella cousin Joan, Countess of Hainault. Joan, Countess of Hainault, was the mother of Isabella's eldest son, the Future Edward III of England wife Philippa.
  • Queen consort Isabella, who was the sister of King Charles, and was sent By King Edward II of England to negotiate a peace treaty with the French. While in France, Isabella conspired with Roger, who had been the exiled to have her husband King Edward II deposed
  • DECEMBER Roger began a Passionate affair with Queen consort Isabella of France.
1326
  • Due to the scandal of Queen Isabella's relations with Roger, this forced them both to withdraw from the French court to Flanders Roger and Queen Isabella of France taking prince Edward with them, in summer and travelled north to William I, Count of Hainaut.
  • 22ND SEPTEMBER Roger and Queen Isabella and their modest force set sail for England
  • 24TH SEPTEMBER Queen Isabella and Roger landed at Orwell on the east coast of England
  • 26TH SEPTEMBER Capture of Cambridge Part of March on London in the Dispenser wars Location Cambridge, England Result Isabella and Mortimer's victory Roger and his lover Queen consort Isabella's of France are commanders for the Marcher Lords and King Edward II for the Royalists
  • 2ND OCTOBER Capture of London Part of Despenser wars Location London, England Result Isabella's and Mortimer's victory Roger and his lover 's Queen consort Isabella's of France are commanders for the Marcher Lords and King Edward II for the Royalists
  • 18TH-16TH OCTOBER Siege of Bristol Part of Despenser wars Location Bristol, England ResultIsabella' and Mortimer's victory Roger and his lover Queen consort Isabella' of France are commanders for the Marcher Lords and King Edward II for the Royalists
  • 27TH OCTOBER Capture of Dunstable Part of Despenser wars Location Dunstable, England Result Isabella' and Mortimer's victory Roger and his lover Queen consort Isabella' of France are commanders for the Marcher Lords and King Edward II & Hugh Despenser the Elder for the Royalists
  • 31ST DECEMBER Roger and Queen Isabella' along with their council, left Bristol, heading for London.
1327
  • 4TH JANUARY Queen Isabella' and Roger arrived in London
  • 25TH JANUARY Edward II of England has been deposed and his son, Edward III is King of England.
  • 1ST FEBRUARY The coronation of King Edward III of England.
  • 21ST SEPTEMBER The deposed Edward II died in Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire
  • Isabella Mortimer died, Roger and his wife Joan de Geneville daughter
1328
  • NIGHT OF 3RD–4TH AUGUST Battle of Stanhope Park Part of the First War of Scottish Independence Location Stanhope Park, County Durham, England Result Scottish victory Roger and King Edward III of England are commanders for the English.
  • SEPTEMBER Roger was made constable of Wallingford Castle
  • John Mortimer, Roger and his wife Joan de Geneville son was killed in a tournament.
  • OCTOBER Roger was made Earl of March
1329
  • JANUARY Queen dowager Isabella' forces under Mortimer's command took Lancaster's stronghold of Leicester, followed by Bedford
1330
  • 19TH MARCH Roger ordered the execution of Edmund, Earl of Kent, the late. half-brother of Edward II. Edmund had been involved in another plot against the court when he was convinced by rumours that his brother was still alive.
  • Queen dowagerIsabella and Mortimer's regime was increasingly insecure
  • 19TH OCTOBER King Edward III, with the help of a few trusted companions led by Sir William Montagu, staged a coup d'état at Nottingham Castle against his mother Isabella of France, and Roger. Isabella asked for mercy for Roger's life from her son King Edward III.
  • 29TH NOVEMBER Roger Mortimer was executed at Tyburn, London
 
Roger Mortimer, 3rd Baron Mortimer, 1st Earl of March was buried in Wigmore Abbey

EXTRA FACTS ON ROGER MORTIMER

 

  • Roger Mortimer, was the 3rd Baron Mortimer, 1st Earl of March.

 

  • Roger came from the House of Mortimer, which was from Norman origins. The Mortimer was a powerful magnate family or dynasty of Marcher Lords in the Welsh Marches, centred on Wigmore Castle in Herefordshire

 

  • Roger had four brothers and three sisters. Two of his sisters Elizabeth and Joan became nuns.

 

  • Through Roger's son Sir Edmund Mortimer, he is an ancestor of the last Plantagenet monarchs of England from King Edward IV to Richard III. By Edward IV's daughter, Elizabeth of York, the Earl of March is an ancestor to King Henry VIII of England and King James V of Scotland, and therefore to all subsequent Scottish, English, and British monarchs. Robert and his wife Joan de Geneville had eleven children all told. Three sons and eight daughters.

     

 

  • Roger shared the same birth date with King Edward II, the Feast of Saint Mark, a day of bad omen.

 

  • When Rogers wife's grandfather died, she became one of the wealthiest heiresses in the Welsh Marches and County Meath, Ireland.

 

  • There are some that believe that King Edward II of England was popularly said to have been murdered on the orders of Isabella and Roger Mortimer. As well as others who thought that The King escaped and lived a life in a monastery. Isabella and Mortimer ruled England together for four years, Isabella as regent for her son King Edward III. Once Edward III has a son and an heir of his own, he decided to take action against Mortimer and rule England in his own right.

 

  • Roger was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Accused of assuming royal power and of various other high misdemeanours, he was condemned without a trial and ignominiously hanged at Tyburn on the 29th November 1330, his vast estates forfeited to the crown.

     

  • Roger Mortimer is a character in World Without End and is played by Hannes Jaenicke

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