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

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Random House, Dec 15, 2010 - History - 480 pages
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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.

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

User Review  - Socraticgadfly - Goodreads

This is a very good new biography of Edward I. While not passing over some of Edward's darker moments, he's painted in shades of gray — and of white as well as black. Morris provides an overall ... Read full review

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

User Review  - JoAnna Studer - Goodreads

This is a completely accessible biography about Edward I, a king who reigned in the late 1200s, a part of history I have not read about before. Like many other readers, I have focused my attentions on ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Marc Morris is an historian and broadcaster. He studied and taught history at the universities of London and Oxford, and his doctorate on the thirteenth-century earls of Norfolk was published in 2005. In 2003 he presented the highly-acclaimed television series Castle, and wrote its accompanying book.

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