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  1. Hugh Despenser, 1st Baron Despenser (c.1287/1289 – 24 November 1326), also referred to as "the Younger Despenser", was the son and heir of Hugh Despenser, Earl of Winchester, (the Elder Despenser) and his wife Isabel Beauchamp, daughter of William Beauchamp, 9th Earl of Warwick.

  2. Hugh Despenser the Younger was a selfish man who manipulated others to accumulate wealth for himself, to gain power and influence. King Edward's weakness presented him with an ideal opportunity to act as the power behind the throne.

  3. …the interests of his son, Hugh Le Despenser (Hugh the Younger; d. Nov. 24, 1326, Hereford, Herefordshire, Eng.), who had been in the king’s household when he was prince of Wales. The younger Hugh was appointed the king’s chamberlain in 1318, but both father and son were attacked in Parliament…

  4. Recently defined as the ‘greatest villain’ of the fourteenth century Hugh Despenser the Younger was a pirate and extortionist, and made himself the richest and most powerful man in England between 1322 and 1326.

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  5. Who Was Hugh Despenser the Younger? Despenser’s relationship with Edward II began during the early years of the king’s reign, and he quickly gained favour at court. Edward showered Despenser with lands, titles, and offices, elevating him to positions of great influence and power.

  6. May 13, 2023 · At the center of it all was a man named Hugh Despenser the Younger, a notorious favorite of King Edward II. Despenser’s rise to power was swift and ruthless, but his fall would be even more spectacular.

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  8. Hugh Despenser, 1st Baron Despenser ( c. 1287/1289 – 24 November 1326), also referred to as " the Younger Despenser ", was the son and heir of Hugh Despenser, Earl of Winchester, (the Elder Despenser) and his wife Isabel Beauchamp, daughter of William Beauchamp, 9th Earl of Warwick.

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