By Marc Morris
The first significant biography of a really bold king, whose reign used to be the most dramatic and demanding of the full center a while, resulting in conflict and conquest on an remarkable scale.
Edward I is regular to thousands as "Longshanks," conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace (in "Braveheart"). but this tale varieties basically the ultimate bankruptcy of the king's action-packed existence. past, Edward had defeated and killed the recognized Simon de Montfort in conflict; travelled to the Holy Land; conquered Wales, extinguishing endlessly its local rulers and developing a powerful chain of castles. He raised the best armies of the center a long time and summoned the most important parliaments; notoriously, he expelled all of the Jews from his kingdom.The longest-lived of England's medieval kings, he fathered fifteen young children along with his first spouse, Eleanor of Castile, and, after her dying, he erected the Eleanor Crosses—the grandest funeral monuments ever formed for an English monarch.
In this publication, Marc Morris examines afresh the forces that drove Edward all through his relentless occupation: his personality, his Christian religion, and his experience of England's destiny—a feel formed particularly through the stories of the mythical King Arthur. He additionally explores the competing purposes that led Edward's competitors (including Robert Bruce) to withstand him.
The result's a sweeping tale, immaculately researched but compellingly informed, and a vibrant photograph of medieval Britain in the interim whilst its destiny was once decided.
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