As you may have surmised, one of my two dissertations is based on the 2012 American presidential election. Obviously this involves watching the news a lot and pretending that I understand the political science involved. The other dissertation is likely to involve Edward II in some way, and frankly all of my knowledge thus far comes from a trip to Caernarfon castle and the Marlowe play. He’s famed for being born in Wales, being largely ineffective and for seemingly being distracted by the first vaguely pretty man to walk through the door, much to the annoyance of his wife. As kings go, his life is something of a precautionary tale – keep your male favourites, by all means, but stop promoting them beyond reason, and make sure your French wife doesn’t run off and organise an invasion.
Naturally, I’m expecting to find that he is surprisingly effective, not secretly gay and probably not that intimately acquainted with a poker. There’s not much that he can do about being Welsh though.