A Great and Terrible King

A Great and Terrible King

Edward I and the Forging of Britain

Book - 2015
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This is the first major biography for a generation of a truly formidable king, a man born to rule England, who believed that it was his right to rule all of Britain. As a consequence, his reign was one of the most dramatic and important of the entire Middle Ages, leading to war and conquest on an unprecedented scale.
Publisher: New York :, Pegasus Books,, 2015
ISBN: 9781605986845
Characteristics: xvi, 462 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm

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rpavlacic
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.

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minar1971
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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