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.
"[This book] deserves to be widely read." (Sunday Times)
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Author is too fond of his subject.
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.
- niall blehein
Disappointing, and a little odd
- Mary Elizabeth Reynolds