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The perfect king : the life of Edward III father of the English nation /
Ian Mortimer.
imprint
London : Pimlico, 2007.
description
xix, 536 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports., maps ; 20 cm.
ISBN
9781844135301
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imprint
London : Pimlico, 2007.
isbn
9781844135301
standard identifier
9780224073011
general note
"First published in Great Britain in 2006 by Jonathan Cape" -- T.p. verso.
catalogue key
6459528
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 504-514) and index.
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"This is a story which, for its boldness of interpretation, success in evoking this vanished medieval world, and sheer narrative elan, deserves to be widely read." Sunday Times
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Studying his character and life, Ian Mortimer shows how King Edward III personally provided the impetus for much of the drama of his 50-year reign.
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King for fifty years (132777), Edward III changed the face of England. He ordered his uncle to be beheaded; he usurped his father's throne; he started a war which lasted for more than a hundred years, and taxed his people more than any other previous king. Yet for centuries, Edward III was celebrated as the most brilliant king England had ever had. In this first full study of the man, Ian Mortimer shows how Edward personally provided the impetus for much of the drama of his reign. Edward overcame the tyranny of his guardians at the age of seventeen and then set about developing a new form of awe-inspiring chivalric kingship. Under him the feudal kingdom of England became a highly organized, sophisticated nation, capable of raising large revenues and, without question, the most important military nation in Europe. Yet under his rule England also experienced its longest period of domestic peace in the Middle Ages, giving rise to a massive increase in the nation's wealth through the wool trade, with huge consequences for society, art and architecture. It is to Edward that England owes its system of parliamentary representation, local justice system and the English language as "the tongue of the nation." As the King who re-made England and forged a nation out of war, Edward III emerges as the father of the English nation.

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