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In London, a city ordinance decrees that heating with coal is forbidden when parliament is in session - the ordinance is not particularly effective

May - Hugh the younger Despenser, favourite of King Edward II of England, is married to heiress Eleanor de Clare.

Whilst King Edward I liked Gaveston, he strongly disapproved of the close relationship between the knight and the Prince, which was felt to be inappropriate due to Gaveston's rank. He became especially enraged with Gaveston when he, along with twenty-one other knights (including Sir Roger Mortimer), deserted the English army in Scotland after the 1306 campaign and went to a tournament in France.

Furious, the King declared the estates of all the deserters forfeit, issued orders for them to be arrested, and declared them traitors. Gaveston and his companions therefore asked Prince Edward to intercede with the King on their behalf; the Prince accordingly enlisted the support of his stepmother, Queen Margaret, who pleaded with the King to forgive the young men.


Pope Clement V invites Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay and the Hospitaller Grand Master Fulk de Villaret to France to discuss the merger of the two orders and to discuss plans for a new crusade and to defend the order against the suggestion that the Templars ought to be rolled up into the Hospitaller order. The Pope to whom he had to answer, Clement V from Gascony in France, was effectively under the thumb of Philip IV. They were not to arrive until the following year.

Philip IV of France exiles all the Jews from France and confiscates their property


March 25 - Robert the Bruce becomes King of Scotland.

June 19 - Forces of Earl of Pembroke defeat Bruce's Scottish rebels at the Battle of Methven


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