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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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

Fantastic biography

This is a great biography of Edward III. The author does a fantastic job of exploring the 14th century king. The book is presented in chronological order, but when circumstances demand it he explores topics in depth and offers his own analysis. The end of the book seems a little rushed, as though the author was really only interested in Edward III through age 50 or so.

I was previously only familiar with Ian Mortimer from his Time travelers book. Edward III: The Perfect King, is much more academic in nature. He spends a lot of time discussing Edward II and his research into his alleged death. It is very interesting and I plan to dig into Ian's book on Roger Mortimer where he spends more time presenting the information.

Alex Wyndham does a solid job with difficult material with good pace.
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- matt

Book Details

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