A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of by Marc Morris

By Marc Morris

The 1st significant biography of a very ambitious king, whose reign was once essentially the most dramatic and demanding of the total heart a while, resulting in struggle and conquest on an unparalleled scale.Edward I is commonly used to thousands as "Longshanks," conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace (in "Braveheart"). but this tale types in basic terms the ultimate bankruptcy of the king's action-packed existence. previous, Edward had defeated and killed the recognized Simon de Montfort in conflict; travelled to the Holy Land; conquered Wales, extinguishing ceaselessly its local rulers and developing a powerful chain of castles. He raised the best armies of the center a long time and summoned the most important parliaments; notoriously, he expelled the entire Jews from his kingdom.The longest-lived of England's medieval kings, he fathered fifteen childrens together with his first spouse, Eleanor of Castile, and, after her dying, he erected the Eleanor Crosses—the grandest funeral monuments ever formed for an English monarch.

In this publication, Marc Morris examines afresh the forces that drove Edward all through his relentless occupation: his personality, his Christian religion, and his feel of England's destiny—a feel formed specifically by means of the stories of the mythical King Arthur. He additionally explores the competing purposes that led Edward's competitors (including Robert Bruce) to withstand him.

The result's a sweeping tale, immaculately researched but compellingly informed, and a vibrant photo of medieval Britain for the time being whilst its destiny was once made up our minds.

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