Piers Gaveston Society

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

The Piers Gaveston Society is a 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.


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]


While some have described it as an extreme club that hosts secret events which include drug use and promiscuous sex,[2] 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]

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  1. ^ a b c d Nadia Khomami (21 September 2015). "David Cameron and the Piers Gaveston: what we know of Oxford 'secret society'". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  2. ^ Slater, Sasha (23 December 2010). "New hedonists beat decadence of my youth". London Evening Standard.

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