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Piers Gaveston Society


Piers Gaveston Society

Edward II. and his Favourite, Piers Gaveston, Marcus Stone, 1872.

The Piers Gaveston Society is a men-only dining club founded in 1977 at the University of Oxford. It is named in honour of Piers Gaveston, favourite and supposed lover of King Edward II of England.


  • Motto 1
  • Activities 2
  • Membership 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The club's motto is Latin: "(Sane) non memini ne audisse unum alterum ita dilixisse" which translates roughly as "Truly, none remember hearing of a man enjoying another so much",[1] or "Certainly I do not remember that I have heard of any man who loved another like this."[2]


While some have described it as an extreme club that hosts secret events which include drug use and promiscuous sex,[3] others have said that the society's events – at least during the 1990s – were not as debauched or scandalous as the media portrayed.[1]


Membership is limited to 12 undergraduates.[1] Non-members are invited to some events such as the summer ball where each member may invite 20 guests.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Nadia Khomami (21 September 2015). "'"David Cameron and the Piers Gaveston: what we know of Oxford 'secret society.  
  2. ^ Hammond, Paul (2002). Figuring Sex Between Men from Shakespeare to Rochester. Clarendon Press. p. 118.  
  3. ^ Slater, Sasha (23 December 2010). "New hedonists beat decadence of my youth".  

External links

  • Short Cuts, by Nick Richardson, LRB Online, 23 September 2015
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