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

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Paperback Published: 05/03/2009
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This is the first major biography for a generation of a truly formidable king. Edward I is familiar to millions as 'Longshanks', conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace ('Braveheart'). Edward was born to rule England, but believed that it was his right to rule all of Britain. His reign was one of the most dramatic of the entire Middle Ages, leading to war and conquest on an unprecedented scale, and leaving a legacy of division that has lasted from his day to our own. In his astonishingly action-packed life, Edward defeated and killed the famous Simon de Montfort in battle; travelled across Europe to the Holy Land on crusade; conquered Wales, extinguishing forever its native rulers, and constructed - at Conwy, Harlech, Beaumaris and Caernarfon - the most magnificent chain of castles ever created. After the death of his first wife he erected the Eleanor Crosses - the grandest funeral monuments ever fashioned for an English monarch.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780099481751

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I was looking for a book to give me a general overview of the Middle Ages as it was an area of our history I knew little about, other than basic knowledge from TV docs. At first i was skeptical about reading the story... More

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13th June 2013
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This is a great biographical take on Edward I. Highly engaging and fluid read.

I especially enjoyed the part about Edwards journey on the crusade.

Every significant detail covered without the narrative becoming... More

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24th May 2012
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“A fascinating book !”

This is a major biography of King Edward the first . Perfect for anyone who's knowledge of Edward starts and finishes with the film Braveheart ! In an action packed life the king fought and killed Simon de... More

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26th August 2010
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