The son of Edward II and Isabella. Prince Edward is absent for the first half of the play, which makes sense given his young age: the real Edward III was fourteen at the time of his coronation, and multiple characters in Marlowe's play reference his youth. Nevertheless, Edward III proves surprisingly astute and competent in the play's final scenes, where he reveals his knowledge of Mortimer and Isabella's crimes before assuming the full responsibilities of his position as king. This suggests he will be a more effective ruler than his father was, although Edward III himself frames his execution of Mortimer and his imprisonment of Isabella as the restoration of Edward II's legacy.
Prince Edward/Edward III Quotes in Edward II
The Edward II quotes below are all either spoken by Prince Edward/Edward III or refer to Prince Edward/Edward III . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Methuen Drama edition of Edward II published in 2014.).
Act 5, Scene 6 Quotes
King Edward III: Traitor, in me my loving father speaks
And plainly saith, 'twas thou that murd'redst him.
Mortimer Junior: But hath your grace no other proof than this?
King Edward III: Yes, if this be the hand of Mortimer.
[He presents the letter]
Prince Edward/Edward III Character Timeline in Edward II
The timeline below shows where the character Prince Edward/Edward III appears in Edward II. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 3, Scene 2
Act 3, Scene 4
Act 4, Scene 2
...Isabella to Hainault, where they will be able to raise both money and an army. Prince Edward predicts that Edward II will nevertheless defeat them, and Isabella scolds him for discouraging their... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 3
Act 4, Scene 4
Act 4, Scene 5
...enter. Rhys ap Howell presents Spencer Senior, who has been taken prisoner, to Isabella and Prince Edward . He also explains that Spencer Junior and Baldock have fled with Edward II to... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 1
...Edward's question by arguing that they “crave the crown” for the sake of England and Prince Edward —not Mortimer Junior. Edward, however, suspects that Mortimer plans to take power himself and hopes... (full context)
...Winchester leave. However, when Leicester warns Edward that his course of action could result in Prince Edward losing his rights to the throne, Edward changes his mind and asks Leicester to call... (full context)
...away, but hands them a handkerchief—”wet with [his] tears”—to take to Isabella. He fears for Prince Edward's safety while his son is under Mortimer Junior's care, but hopes the Prince will prove... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 2
...of the “light-brained King.” He urges Isabella to “be ruled by [him]” and arrange for Prince Edward's coronation: he himself will then act as Protector. Isabella agrees that Mortimer can do anything... (full context)
...Bishop of Winchester. Isabella feigns distress at the news of Edward's unhappiness, but sends for Prince Edward when she sees the king's crown. The Bishop further explains that it’s been discovered that... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 4
...Junior decides that only Edward's death will ensure his own safety. He fears reprisal from Prince Edward , however, so the message he writes ordering Edward's murder is deliberately ambiguous: it could... (full context)
...leaves, and Mortimer Junior takes stock of his position, which allows him to control both Prince Edward and Isabella. Gloatingly, he remarks that everyone at court fears him and hurries to do... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 6