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    DescriptionOne night in August 1323, a captive rebel baron, Sir Roger Mortimer, drugged his guards and escaped from the Tower of London. With the king's men-at-arms in pursuit he fled to the south coast, and sailed to France. There he was joined by Isabella, the Queen of England, who threw herself into his arms. A year later, as lovers, they returned with an invading army: King Edward II's forces crumbled before them, and Mortimer took power. He removed Edward II in the first deposition of a monarch in British history. Then the ex-king was apparently murdered, some said with a red-hot poker, in Berkeley Castle. Brutal, intelligent, passionate, profligate, imaginative and violent: Sir Roger Mortimer was an extraordinary character. It is not surprising that the queen lost her heart to him. Nor is it surprising that his contemporaries were terrified of him. But until now, no one has appreciated the full evil genius of the man. This first biography reveals not only the man's career as a feudal lord, a governor of Ireland, a rebel leader and a dictator of England but also the truth of what happened that night in Berkeley Castle.


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    Title
    The Greatest Traitor
    Subtitle
    The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ian Mortimer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 298 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099552222
    ISBN 10: 0099552221
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000, HIS037010, BIO006000
    DC22: 942.036092
    Thema V1.0: DNBH, NHD, NHDJ
    Illustrations note
    8
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    06 September 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Ian Mortimer has BA and PhD degrees in history from Exeter University and an MA in archive studies from University College London. From 1991 to 2003 he worked in turns for Devon Record Office, Reading University, the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, and Exeter University. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1998. In March 2006, the second of his medieval biogrpahies, The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation was published by Jonathan Cape. He was awarded the Alexander Prize (2004) by the Royal historical Society for his work on the social history of medicine. His The Fears of Henry IV: The Life of England's Self-Made King will be published by Cape in 2007. He lives with his wife and three children on the edge of Dartmoor.
    Review quote
    "Mortimer's book roars, races and sings... with a sense of passion and drama and an unrelenting pace." Daily Telegraph "Ian Mortimer's exacting standards of scholarship mean that this book will undoubtedly remain the standard authority on its subject." Independent on Sunday "A compelling page-turner." Sunday Times