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This is the first major biography for a generation of a truly formidable king. Edward I is familiar to millions as 'Longshanks', conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace ('Braveheart'). Edward was born to rule England, but believed that it was his right to rule all of Britain. His reign was one of the most dramatic of the entire Middle Ages, leading to war and conquest on an unprecedented scale and leaving a legacy of division that has lasted from his day to our own.

In his astonishingly action-packed life, Edward defeated and killed the famous Simon de Montfort in battle, travelled across Europe to the Holy Land on crusade, conquered Wales, extinguishing forever its native rulers and constructed - at Conwy, Harlech, Beaumaris and Caernarfon - the most magnificent chain of castles ever created. After the death of his first wife, he erected the Eleanor Crosses - the grandest funeral monuments ever fashioned for an English monarch.

©2008 Marc Morris (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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One of the best books I have listened too! Brilliantly read I totally recommend this book.

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Marc Morris’ Masterpiece

This book is Morris’ Sistine Chapel, an absolute heavier hitter in historical biography. It is extremely well written and reads like a novel at times. The text is thoughtful and supported by strong argument and a deep knowledge of the 13th century. It contains everything you would want and need to know about Edward I, from why he was called Edward, why he’s considered ‘the First’ to what his contemporaries thought of him after his death. Society, politics, coinage, economy, diplomacy are all covered which add the relevant context to understand this great English king. Morris offers fair analysis of Edward’s actions in their time and why history played out the way it did. It was structured as I feel books like this should, from birth to death with a solid conclusion. Something which Morris’ King John book unfortunately lacks. It’s my second read and I’ll definitely be revisiting again. I could not stop, an absolute masterpiece! Loved it.

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