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Four Gothic Kings: The Turbulent History of Medieval England and the Plantagenet Kings (1216-1377 Henry III, Edward I, Edward II, Edward III Se) Hardcover – October, 1987

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Stated First American Edition. Near fine with a very slight spine lean. DJ has light wear at the head and base of the spine and rubbing to the rear panel.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Pr (October 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555841716
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555841713
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In a sequel to her _Plantagenet Chronicles,_ Hallam follows the same style and layout and indulges in the same lavishness of illustration. In addition to the four generations of monarchs in the title, one finds featured many of the other influential figures of the time, including St. Louis IX, William Wallace, Dante and Chaucer, Thomas Aquinas, Francis of Assisi, and even Jenghiz Khan. From the birth of the Age of Chivalry to the Black Death that killed almost half of Europe (and precipitated the decline of Norman-Angevin feudalism), these were what the old Chinese curse might regard as "interesting times."
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mackley585 on October 23, 2012
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This book exceeded my expectations, it is a large, full color book with information to help me with my Ancestery!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrice on May 16, 2013
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And very interesting. Will look at and refer to often to enrich my knowledge of the medieval kings. Covers a wide time period and is rich in history.
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This history of the four "Gothic" Kings of England--Henry III, Edward I, Edward II and Edward III--is actually a "coffee table" book. Usually, I resist the ideal of reading large coffee table books, because I have always felt these books were light on actual detailed history. However, this book caused me to make an exception to my usual prejudice. This book is a collection of the writings of many chroniclers of the Middle Ages on the incidents of the lives of the four kings covered by the book. The collection of writings by the chroniclers which comprises this book were selected and edited by the immanent Gothic Era historian, Elizabeth Hallam.

Because I already have a copy of biography of Edward I, Edward II and Edward III and because I have discovered that biographies of Henry III are so extremely scarce, I paid the most attention to the part of the book that dealt with Henry III of England. My whole purpose in studying this particular period of time in English History, was to explore the beginnings of parliament. Parliament grew out of the King's Council. The King's Council was made up of a few advisers to the king. The advisers of the king were usually nobles, magnates and rich landowners within England. Although few in number and actually appointed to the Council by the king, himself, the advisers soon found that the King's goals and interests often conflicted with the interests of the advisors and the other nobles throughout the realm. Consequently, the nobles began to pressure the King to take the interests of the nobility in account when settling on policy, foreign and domestic, for the Kingdom of England.

When sufficiently aroused over the policy of the King the nobles of the entire nation would gather in protest.
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