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Edward III and the Triumph of England: The Battle of Crecy and the Company of the Garter

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This is a fascinating recreation of the world of one of England's most charismatic monarchs, from award-winning author and historian Richard Barber. The destruction of the French army at Crecy in 1346 and the subsequent siege and capture of Calais marked a new era in European history. The most powerful, glamorous and respected of all western monarchies had been completely ...more
Hardcover, 672 pages
Published August 2013 by Allen Lane
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Jo Barton
Oct 14, 2013 Jo Barton rated it really liked it
Edward III, hero of Crécy, and one of England's most renowned Kings is the focus for this comprehensive and well written historical tome. From the beginning, the book is layered with chivalric honour and tales of military tactics which helped to catapult this small and rather insignificant country towards martial victory on a grand scale.

To be honest I found the book rather heavy going in places, and whilst I cannot deny that the book is packed full of historical content, the prospect of reading
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RJay
Jun 06, 2016 RJay rated it liked it
I'm a Plantagenet junkie. That said, I read historical fiction because I want the people who lived history to come alive. I then read non-fiction to fill in the holes or to help me understand what really happened should the fiction deviate from reality. I've read several Richard Barber books now and find his books dry and difficult - if I wasn't such a keen Plantagenet fan I probably wouldn't read his books as they are pretty boring. Plus, his style is such that he jumps around chronologically ...more
Taylor Kniphfer
Nov 15, 2013 Taylor Kniphfer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
A great tour through medieval knightly culture in the fourteenth century. The reconsideration of the tactics at Crecy are very well put together; if true, they add luster to the military reputation of Edward III. The idea of the Order of the Garter as a religious society, not an order of knighthood are harder to fathom and I still need some convincing (the idea that Edward III was not interested in the romances of King Arthur I do not believe at all!). Yet what Barber does is put the Order of ...more
Trish
Feb 12, 2014 Trish rated it it was ok
Hmm. Definitely heavy going. The author definitely loves his household records, given chapters on the costs of Edward III's clothing. It took a third of the book to get anywhere near Crecy, let alone the Company of the Garter. However, once he was on topic, it wasn't a bad 'social' rather than military history of knightly life and the fraternal orders of the time. And his study of Poitiers and Najera were better than Crecy, which seems more confused than I'd realised. Still, I found it heavier ...more
Mark
Jul 22, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medieval-history
Excellent. Barber presents all the ambiguities in the original sources, and is very open about how difficult it can be to be entirely sure about how and why events took place. He is obviously an expert in the subject, and it's an enjoyable and informative read.
Toby
Oct 29, 2015 Toby rated it liked it
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It appears that it wasn't just top English bowmen who won Crecy, but the corps d'esprit fostered by Edward III amongst his leading knights and the continuation of this tight-knit elite helped give England the advantage over the ensuing fifty years.
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Richard William Barber (born 1941) is a prominent British historian who has been writing and publishing in the field of medieval history and literature ever since his student days. He has specialised in the Arthurian legend, beginning with a general survey, Arthur of Albion, in 1961, which is still in print in a revised edition. His other major interest is historical biography; he has published on ...more
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