A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain (Paperback)
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DescriptionThis 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.
- Published: 06 April 2009
- Format: Paperback 480 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780099481751 ISBN 10: 0099481758
- Sales rank: 24,247
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Reviews for A Great and Terrible King
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Excellent, densely packed
Enjoyed this read - very comprehensively researched and interesting. Many details large and small paint a compelling picture of the man as a creature of his times, not the Braveheart caricature of a simply ruthless monster. A strong and pious character, sure of his divine rights as king and living in dangerous times makes for an extraordinary life compared to many of his predecessors and descendants. I would thoroughly recommend for serious students of medieval history, do not expect a superficial, light read. by Jo Willmott