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Edward III (The English Monarchs Series) Hardcover – January 24, 2012
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What I was struck by was Edward's clear purpose to rebuild the crushed monarchy he had inherited from his father, and to transform this monarchy into the most powerful state in Europe and himself as Europe's most powerful monarch. It shows all the common threads of Edwardian kingship: the warrior-king, the great builder, the creator of true chivalry, and the image of a great statesman. What is new however, is Edward's sense of dynasticism: his goal to create a Plantagaent empire in Britain, France, and even Spain and to give his sons provinces in this empire to rule on his behalf. If anyone needed reassurance on Edward III, family king, it is the twelve miniture figures of the king's children around his tomb in Westminister Abbey.
I could touch on many other aspects of this book, but the fact is that this is a truly great book on Edward III. I enjoyed it immensly, and I think it should be widely read. As another review said of this book, at last we have the 'go-to' scholarly book on Edward III.
With so many works of history I feel I'm being told something without any proof to back it up, and as an engineer (late medieval/early modern British history is my hobby) this has always rankled. With Ormrod, we are shown the evidence. Yet the text doesn't suffer from too many citations and being "weedy". Professor Ormrod knows his subject so well and is so fascinated by it himself his enthusiasm is contagious.
The bibliography alone is worth the price of the book, and I think this work will be held out as an exemplar for other monarchical biographies for a long time to come, and is and will be the definitive biography of one of England's great kings.
Some readers may be put off by the book's length (800 + pages). The author does go into great detail about his topic but Edward III is a very interesting subject and the 14th century is a very interesting period of British and European history, so extra detail is not a bad thing.
This is a very interesting and well written book. Anyone interested in this period of British or European history should find it worthwhile.
Addition to my original post:
For those with Kindles, there are two free e-book downloads on the Amazon Kindle site that will be of interest to anyone interested in this history of Edward III. These two e-books are short histories of the campaigns which resulted in the Battle of Crecy and the Battle of Poitiers. Both were written by Hilaire Belloc (of Cautionary Tales For Children fame) circa 1910 as part of series Belloc wrote about important European battles. The titles are simple; one is called "Crecy" and the other is called "Poitiers". I've reviewed both on the Kindle site and rated both as 5 stars. Both are excellent, both are free downloads and both should be of interest to anyone interested in this biography of Edward III.
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It was pretty much what it says it is. Repetition of detail got a little boring at times./Published 2 months ago by Gloria Pressnall
Following the action of the nobility of England and/or the "parliament" of Englansd in forcing Edward II to abdicate the throne of England in January of 1327, Edward III,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brian Wayne Wells
A good read, very informative, a nice addition to my library!Published on November 27, 2013 by Robert S. Field