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Edward III

(The English Monarchs)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  77 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Edward III (1312–1377) was the most successful European ruler of his age. Reigning for over fifty years, he achieved spectacular military triumphs and overcame grave threats to his authority, from parliamentary revolt to the Black Death. Revered by his subjects as a chivalric dynamo, he initiated the Hundred Years' War and gloriously led his men into battle against the Sco ...more
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Published January 24th 2012 by Yale University Press (first published August 26th 2011)
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Carolina Casas
Full in scope, it gives a full background of Edward's reign and the period he lived in, as well as providing new perspective. While many of his policies were innovative they weren't new, they had their predecessors going all the way back to his grandfather and namesake. The Edward that emerges from Ormond's biography is ambitious, scheming (plotting with the pope and other councilors to get rid of Mortimer) but also pragmatic and a great military commander who had a great team of administrators ...more
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Along with Henry II, Edward I and Henry V, Edward III (1312-1377) was one of the great kings of medieval England. Not noted for his intellectual or aesthetic achievements, he had a great heart, inspired loyalty throughout his reign and carried English arms to glory at Crecy, Poitiers and Sluys - he was responsible for kicking off what became known as The Hundred Years War. During his long reign, he managed to upgrade and increase the effectiveness of government in England, especially in the real ...more
Taylor Kniphfer
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was truly my 'Book of the Year'. It was a great, perhaps the greatest, retelling of the life of the long-lived monarch, Edward III. Ormrod's genius was to present us with a king, committed to his family, his rights in France and Scotland, and in his rebuilding of the English Monarchy. This book showed us that Edward revied the monarchy to become the greatest of the medieval kings of England, and even one of the truly greatest British and European monarchs in history. This is without a doubt ...more
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. If you enjoy reading about English history and English people, this is a great book. Edward III is very inspirational. His itinerary for his entire adult life is included in the back of the book. Basically, Edward III was on the move from town to town across England and France every four or five days for most of his life. Although Edward III's parent had a dysfunctional marriage, Edward himself had a happy marriage with twelve children, all of whom he paid attention to and ...more
Evi Routoula
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A very detailed biography of King Edward III. A great source for the beginning of the One Hundred War,the battles of Crecy and Poitiers, the legends of the Black Prince, the war with Scotland, the Order of the Garter, shuch a far away and mythical time. A wonderful reading for all people who like history.

Edward III ruled England for just over 50 years during the 14th century, but who knew so much was written and recorded about him that this author could write such a comprehensive biography on him? If there is something/anything about Edward III, then I’d be willing to wager that the author has found it. With his knowledge, I would like to take a class from him, but reading this book was more work than pleasure. However Edward had what would be called a successful reign even though the count
This was a bit of a slog - it read like a dissertation. It was definitely comprehensive, but at points felt a bit TOO comprehensive, at least for me, a casual reader.

It is set up thematically - chapters dealing with the nobility, the clergy, the gentry, the commons, and the cities. While this made sense in terms of Ormrod's purpose, it also meant that the book jumped around temporally, often on the same page. As someone who isn't all that familiar with the period, I got lost, a lot.
Richard Anderson
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
A good place to start if you want to learn a bit about the era; origin of the Hundred Years War, backup to Froissart, etc.
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Prof. W. Mark Ormrod, DPhil (Oxon), FSA, FRHistS.

Mark Ormrod is a Professor in the Department of History and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of York. His research interests lie in the political structures and ideas of later medieval England. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Society of Antiquaries, has served on a number of AHRC committees, is a

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