A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain

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Pegasus Books, 15 mar. 2015 - 480 páginas

The first major biography of a truly formidable king, whose reign was one of the most dramatic and important of the entire Middle Ages, leading to war and conquest on an unprecedented scale.

Edward I is familiar to millions as "Longshanks," conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace (in "Braveheart"). Yet this story forms only the final chapter of the king's action-packed life. Earlier, Edward had defeated and killed the famous Simon de Montfort in battle; travelled to the Holy Land; conquered Wales, extinguishing forever its native rulers and constructing a magnificent chain of castles. He raised the greatest armies of the Middle Ages and summoned the largest parliaments; notoriously, he expelled all the Jews from his kingdom.The longest-lived of England's medieval kings, he fathered fifteen children with his first wife, Eleanor of Castile, and, after her death, he erected the Eleanor Crosses—the grandest funeral monuments ever fashioned for an English monarch.

In this book, Marc Morris examines afresh the forces that drove Edward throughout his relentless career: his character, his Christian faith, and his sense of England's destiny—a sense shaped in particular by the tales of the legendary King Arthur. He also explores the competing reasons that led Edward's opponents (including Robert Bruce) to resist him.

The result is a sweeping story, immaculately researched yet compellingly told, and a vivid picture of medieval Britain at the moment when its future was decided.
 

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Marc Morris’ work was been advertised as the first biography of Edward I in years, and in many ways it may have been a necessary one. Edward I ‘Longshanks’ stands today as arguably one of the most ... Leer reseña completa

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Being a biography of England's Edward I, yclept Longshanks. An effective king bracketed by two duds, Edward is one of the most important monarchs in English history. This is an interesting book, a ... Leer reseña completa

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Illustrations
Preface
A Saint in Name
The Family Feud
Civil Peace and Holy
The Return of the King
The Disobedient Prince
Arthurs Crown
The Great Cause
The Struggle for Mastery
Uniting the Kingdom?
A Lasting Vengeance
A Great and Terrible King
Abbreviations
Notes
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Peaceful Endeavours

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Sobre el autor (2015)

Marc Morris is a historian and broadcaster specializing in the Middle Ages. He is the author of A Great and Terrible King, King John, and the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling The Norman Conquest. He lives in England.

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