Edward II

by

Christopher Marlowe

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Lady Margaret de Clare Character Analysis

Lady Margaret is the daughter of the Earl of Gloucester, and thus the niece of Edward II. She is engaged to marry Gaveston, presumably because Edward wants his favorite to have official standing within the royal family. If the marriage is one of convenience, however, it is nevertheless true that Margaret herself seems devoted to her fiancé.
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Lady Margaret de Clare Character Timeline in Edward II

The timeline below shows where the character Lady Margaret de Clare appears in Edward II. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 4
Sex, Lineage, and the Natural Order Theme Icon
...celebrate Gaveston's return, as well as his plans to “solemnize” Gaveston's marriage to his niece, Lady Margaret de Clare. He urges the nobles to spare no expense in planning all this, and... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 1
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...heard a rumor that Gaveston has been called back to court. What's more, Spencer saw Lady Margaret smiling as she read a letter that he suspects had news of her fiancé. Baldock... (full context)
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Lady Margaret's arrival interrupts Baldock and Spencer Junior's banter, and the two men listen as she reads... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 2
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...going to war, and Edward again taunts her about her supposed affair with Mortimer Junior. Lady Margaret and Gaveston, who have entered with Isabella, urge Edward to be kinder to his wife,... (full context)
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...common people.  Edward's attention then turns to Baldock and Spencer Junior, and he asks first Lady Margaret and then the men themselves who they are.  Edward promises to let both men “wait... (full context)
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Turning back to Lady Margaret , Edward tells her that she and Gaveston will be married today, in part as... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 4
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...men agree to flee in different directions. Edward accordingly says goodbye to both Gaveston and Lady Margaret , but only bids farewell to Isabella “for Mortimer, [her] lover's sake.” Everyone then leaves... (full context)