This week – 7 July 1307

King Edward I died of dysentery at Burgh-by-Sands in Cumberland. Before his death, Edward apparently wished that his heart be removed and his flesh boiled from his bones so that his bones could lead the English army against the Scots. His son and successor, Edward II, though, did not grant this and sent his father’s body back to London for burial at Westminster, with his funeral taking place on 27 October. His tomb is inscribed: ‘Here is Edward the First, Hammer of the Scots’.

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