The Trussel family had a history of challenging the power of the crown and a Sir William Trussell was among the barons to force King John to sign the Magna Carta. Edward II ruled in favor of his favorites and confiscated land from barons. Sir William joined an army of dispossessed barons to punish Edward II and the Dispensers and was subsequently declared an enemy of the crown and imprisoned at Scarborough Castle. He managed to escape and allied with Edward II's wife Isabella and her lover Lord Mortimer against the king. Isabella admired King Arthur and was a fierce beauty.
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