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The Three Edwards: War and State in England 1272 1377

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The Three Edwards: War and State in England, 1272 is a masterly overview to this eventful and fascinating period of history. It analyses the three Kings of very different qualities and reputations: the confident and masterful Edward I who conquered Wales; Edward II who was defeated by the Scots in battle and was humiliated and deposed; and Edward III whose reign saw great...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published August 29th 2003 by Routledge (first published June 1st 1980)
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There are hosts of biographies about medieval figures, yet with the exception of Saint Augustine and maybe one or two others before modern times it is impossible to get close to any person in history. At best we see the shadow of their activity. Their thoughts, opinions, motivations are mostly unknown. This book is no biography. It is about the role of warfare in changing the system of governance under the three Edwards who successively ruled England from the end of the 13th century to the late...more
Very good and easy to read overview of the political history of England (with some attention for the rest of Britain and France as well) for roughlycthe period 1270-1370.
Taylor Kniphfer
Fantastic book on England from 1272-1377. Just goes to show how much the lives of individuals make history great.
Prestwich's analysis of the three Edwards is sophisticated and well written.
Jura Spitfire
Author is wrong on this - should be Michael Prestwich
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Very interesting, one of the best Plantagenet histories I've come across in a while
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Michael Charles Prestwich OBE (born 30 January 1943) is an English historian, specialising on the history of medieval England, in particular the reign of Edward I. He is retired, having been Professor of History at Durham University, and Head of the Department of History until 2007.
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