Edward III

  • by Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by Alex Wyndham
  • 19 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Holding power for over 50 years starting in 1327, Edward III was one of England's most influential kings and one who shaped the course of English history. Revered as one of the country's most illustrious leaders for centuries, he was also a usurper and a warmonger who ordered his uncle beheaded. A brutal man, to be sure, but also a brilliant one.
Noted historian Ian Mortimer offers us the first comprehensive look at the life of Edward III. The Perfect King was often the instigator of his own drama but also overthrew tyrannous guardians as a teenager and ushered in a period of chivalric ideals. Mortimer traces how Edward's reforms made feudal England a thriving, sophisticated country and one of Europe's major military powers. Ideal for anyone fascinated by medieval history, this book provides new insight into Edward III's lasting influence on the justice system, artistic traditions, language, and architecture of the country.

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"[This book] deserves to be widely read." (Sunday Times)

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Disappointing, and a little odd

I like Ian Mortimer, his books are interesting and humorous. This one, not so much. This is odd considering the subject. No matter what you think of Edward the Third, he certainly wasn't boring, maybe because there was little new here and the writing lacked the humor and irony I associate with Mortimer's writing. The bizarre thing is his pet theory that Edward the Second wasn't murdered in Berkely Castle. This isn't a new theory, but this fact plays way too much a part of this story. He doesn't even tell you why he feels so strongly about that other than to lead you to a paper he published in an academic journal. I read the paper, I am unconvinced. Thinking that Edward the Second would have had the good sense to actually escape armed guard and wander around Europe for twenty years as a penniless monk is ludicrous. He did not have good sense, common sense, or any at all or he would not have lost the throne. However, that has little to do with Edward the Third, which is the point I was trying to make about this book, the theory plays way too much a part in this book.
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- Mary Elizabeth Reynolds "author of Lowcountry Legend's series"

Author is too fond of his subject.

What did you like best about Edward III? What did you like least?

The author has all the detail right (he is a renowned historian after all).

BUT - he totally lets Edward off the hook for his many barbaric acts of cruelty in France. He's happy to hold other figures accountable for lesser terrors though.

And GOODNESS he pushes his theory on Edward II REALLY hard and dismisses anyone who doesn't agree with it. It doesn't appear to matter to him that lots of people had seen the body.


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- niall blehein

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio