A Great and Terrible King

A Great and Terrible King

Edward I and the Forging of Britain

Book - 2009
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This is the first major biography for a generation of a truly formidable king. Edward I is familiar to millions as 'Longshanks', conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace ('Braveheart'). Edward was born to rule England, but believed that it was his right to rule all of Britain. His reign was one of the most dramatic of the entire Middle Ages, leading to war and conquest on an unprecedented scale, and leaving a legacy of division that has lasted from his day to our own.

In his astonishingly action-packed life, Edward defeated and killed the famous Simon de Montfort in battle; travelled across Europe to the Holy Land on crusade; conquered Wales, extinguishing forever its native rulers, and constructed - at Conwy, Harlech, Beaumaris and Caernarfon - the most magnificent chain of castles ever created. After the death of his first wife he erected the Eleanor Crosses - the grandest funeral monuments ever fashioned for an English monarch.

Publisher: London : Windmill Books, 2009, c2008
ISBN: 9780099481751
Branch Call Number: 942.035092 Edwar-M 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xvi, 462 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.), maps (chiefly col.)


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Jan 09, 2016

Centuries before Machiavelli, there was Edward I. Using cunning and a zero sum game approach to his rule, he not only consolidated his power, he also managed to conquer Wales, subdue Ireland, expand Gascony in southwestern France, and came within a hair of taking over Scotland - once through an arranged marriage that was not meant to be, and a second time when the country ripped itself apart and Edward misread who was in charge. Perhaps overly detailed, but puts in layperson's terms the story of one of the most complex rulers in history.

Sep 30, 2009

A clear and very readable work without any romanticism about one of the most successful leaders in European history.

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