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The Perfect King by Ian Mortimer
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Jul 18, 2010

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I read this because I enjoyed Mortimer's The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England. This appears to be meticulously researched and presents the argument that Edward III's father Edward II survived several years into his son's reign and died in exile. (And not with a hot poker up his rectum.)

The eight (8!) appendices supply extra arguments and resources for points that couldn't be comfortably fit within the flow of the book, including a fascinating illustration of how Edward III not only is the direct ancestor for the English nobility, but also of any person of English descent.

It's also a sobering account of the atrocities of medieval warfare and how even a "good" and effective monarch could be responsible for the rape and murder of innocent civilians.

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