Edward III (The English Monarchs Series)

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Add to cart. Mark Ormrod , Paperback. Be the first to write a review About this product. Reigning for over fifty years, he achieved spectacular military triumphs and overcame grave threats to his authority, from parliamentary revolt to the Black Death. Revered by his subjects as a chivalric dynamo, he initiated the Hundred Years' War and gloriously led his men into battle against the Scots and the French.

In this illuminating biography, W. Mark Ormrod takes a deeper look at Edward to reveal the man beneath the military muscle. What emerges is Edward's clear sense of his duty to rebuild the prestige of the Crown, and through military gains and shifting diplomacy, to secure a legacy for posterity. New details of the splendor of Edward's court, lavish national celebrations, and innovative use of imagery establish the king's instinctive understanding of the bond between ruler and people. With fresh emphasis on how Edward's rule was affected by his family relationshipsincluding his roles as traumatized son, loving husband, and dutiful fatherOrmrod gives a valuable new dimension to our understanding of this remarkable warrior king.

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Perhaps the greatest merit of Mark Ormrod's magnificent new biography, is that it penetrates behind this image Ormrod is at his best in describing the personality of the King, and his impact on English political society. Above all, what emerges is the supreme quality of statesmanship and political skill displayed in the king's best years.

This is a masterly study of a complex reign, with its triumphs in the French wars, and with the eventual tragedy of the final years marred by corruption and failing finances. It is as colourful and captivating one imagines as the tapestries with which Edward adorned his apartments; but it is as solidly built as Windsor Castle.


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Ormrod's vivid prose captures wonderfully the personal quality of medieval politics. At the centre is the development, and eventual decline, of the royal personality; chivalric society and its influence is given its due place, as is the king's leadership of his country in peace and war.

At long last we have a book which does full justice to its subject, and which be read with profit by both scholar and general reader alike. Here we have the long-awaited authoritative biography of the king for our generation.

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Ormrod gets as close to understanding Edward and his reign as anyone is likely to get. Reeves, Choice, "Ormrod has mastered the complex interplay of circumstance, motive, and personality to provide an original and important account not only of a King but of a nation at a critical stage of its history. Edward III is a remarkable achievement and deserves a wide readership, both among professional historians and the general public. Waugh, Times Literary Supplement, 'W. Mark Ormrod sets a new and dazzling standard in the writing of biographies of medieval rulers.

He brings Edward III vividly to life and a gripping and taut series of analyses focus on the multiple problems facing the English monarchy, Edward's attempts to impose a new agenda, and the lasting effects this had on the character of English kingship. Show More Show Less. Add to Cart. Any Condition Any Condition. See all 6.

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People who bought this also bought. Edward III is a remarkable achievement and deserves a wide readership, both among professional historians and the general public. Here we have the long-awaited authoritative biography of the king for our generation. Above all, what emerges is the supreme quality of statesmanship and political skill displayed in the king's best years.


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This is a masterly study of a complex reign, with its triumphs in the French wars, and with the eventual tragedy of the final years marred by corruption and failing finances. At the centre is the development, and eventual decline, of the royal personality; chivalric society and its influence is given its due place, as is the king's leadership of his country in peace and war. At long last we have a book which does full justice to its subject, and which be read with profit by both scholar and general reader alike.

It is as colourful and captivating - one imagines - as the tapestries with which Edward adorned his apartments; but it is as solidly built as Windsor Castle. Mark Ormrod sets a new and dazzling standard in the writing of biographies of medieval rulers. He brings Edward III vividly to life and a gripping and taut series of analyses focus on the multiple problems facing the English monarchy, Edward's attempts to impose a new agenda, and the lasting effects this had on the character of English kingship.

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Perhaps the greatest merit of Mark Ormrod's magnificent new biography, is that it penetrates behind this image Ormrod is at his best in describing the personality of the King, and his impact on English political society. Ormrod gets as close to understanding Edward and his reign as anyone is likely to get. Reeves, Choice -- A. Added to basket. Jane Austen at Home.

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