Edward the Second's first act on coming to the throne was to recall Piers Gaveston whom his father had banished because he thought he was having an evil influence on his son, and the new King's devotion to the shrewd and avaricious Gaveston soon became a scandal. It was thought, however, that when Edward married the Princess who was reckoned to be one of the most beautiful in Europe, his inclinations would change. But nothing could make him swerve from his attachment to Gaveston, and Gaveston was clearly the man to make the most of the royal favour.
The new Queen Isabella, accustomed to adulation, was at first nonplussed by the King's attitude and then bitterly humiliated; and she was not a woman to forget or forgive. The country was in turmoil. The death of the first Edward had given the Scots the chance they had longed for and Robert the Bruce was the man to take advantage of it in such a way that he was finally able to defeat the English at Bannockburn. The influential barons rose in protest against the rule of Gaveston and led by the King's cousin, Lancaster, threatened civil war. Gaveston's arrogance and the King's folly in due course led to the murder on Blacklow Hill.