FIFTH SERIES.—VOL. IV, NO. XV. JULY 1887. KING EDWARD II IN SOUTH WALES. As varying accounts have been given by chroniclers and historians of the progress of King Edward II on the occasion of his flight into South Wales, and of his stay in the counties of Monmouth and Glamorgan, an endeavour will be made in the following pages to arrive at an accurate notion of the facts by collating the account of a contemporary chronicler1 with the entries on the Patent Rolls during the King's flight, and con¬ cluding with these entries as the best evidence of the King's progress, and of the straits to which he was re¬ duced. Before entering on the subject a short preface is necessary in order to explain the position of affairs. On the accession of Charles le Bel to the throne of France, Edward was summoned to do homage for his territories of Guienne and Ponthieu at the French King's coronation. Failing to attend, he received a peremptory summons to do his homage at Amiens on the 1st of July 1324. On the advice of his Parliament ambassadors were sent in the King's stead to France 1 A Murimuthensis Chronica, (Engl. Hist. Society, 1846). Muri- muth had peculiar advantages of knowing what took place. In 1317 and in 1323, when a canon of Hereford, he was entrusted by the King with important missions to the Court of Rome. In 1323 be was appointed a canon of St. Paul's, and held other ecclesiastical offices in this and the succeeding reign. 5th ser., vol. iv. 11