The Perfect King

The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, British History, Medieval Britain
Paperback Published on: 03/07/2008
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From the bestselling author of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England, comes the story of King Edward III, who - like Elizabeth and Victoria after him - embodied the values of his age, forged a nation out of war and re-made England.

He ordered his uncle to be beheaded; he usurped his father's throne; he started a war which lasted for more than a hundred years, and taxed his people more than any other previous king.

Nineteenth century historians saw in Edward the opportunity to decry a warmonger, and painted him as a self-seeking, rapacious, tax-gathering conqueror. Yet, in this first full study of the King's character and life, Dr Ian Mortimer unveils that behind the strong warrior king was a compassionate, conscientious and often merciful man - resolute yet devoted to his wife, friends and family, and the father of both the English nation and the English people.

'A fascinating portrait. At times, the reader seems almost able to reach across time and touch this man' - The Economist

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099527091
  • Number of pages: 560
  • Weight: 407g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 34 mm

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The Perfect King
Riveting read!
The Perfect King
A deeply interesting read on an often overlooked English monarch.
Having a keen interest in history I knew about Edward III prior to reading Mortimer’s book, having read about him in other books such as Dan Jones’ ‘The Pl... READ MORE
Aidan H E  Rogers
The Perfect King
An excellent read
An excellent book as the author makes the life of Edward III not only interesting but also shows how important it was for England.
Phil Thomas