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Berke­ley Cas­tle is ma­jes­tic, its grounds of­ten home to me­dieval re-en­act­ments and fayres. In­side the brood­ing walls, how­ever, there is an­other story of mur­der, be­trayal and agony that echoes down the cen­turies. and pro­ceeded Ill-fated Ed­ward II came to the throne in 1307, to an­noy all the no­bles by his favouritism. Ed­ward was gay, and show­ered his lover with wealth and prop­erty. In those days, ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity was against the law. Ed­ward’s wife, Is­abella, had enough of his phi­lan­der­ing, so she threw in her lot with Roger Mor­timer, his op­po­nent. They gath­ered an army in France and in­vaded, meet­ing with no re­sis­tance as no one wanted Ed­ward as king. He was im­pris­oned in Berke­ley Cas­tle, and in 1327, he was mur­dered, the weapon a red-hot poker. On 21 Septem­ber, the an­niver­sary of his death, his screams rip through the cas­tle’s halls. Fingers in your ears!

King of the cas­tle: Scary screams

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