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About the Author: Ian Mortimer

AKA James Forrester.

Dr Ian Mortimer is a historian and novelist, best known for his Time Traveller's Guides series. He has BA, MA, PhD and DLitt degrees from the University of Exeter and UCL. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and was awarded the Alexander Prize by the Royal Historical Society in 2004. Home for him and his family is the small Dartmoor town of Moretonhampstead, which he occasioanlly introduces in his books. He also writes fiction under the name James Forrester.


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The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation by

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ISBN10: 009952709X | ISBN13: 9780099527091

Page count: 536

DUPLICATE ISBN13 9781844135301

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“He ordered his uncle to be beheaded; he usurped his father’s throne; he taxed his people more than any other previous king, and he started a war which lasted for more than a hundred years. Yet for centuries Edward III (1327-77) was celebrated as the most brilliant of all English monarchs, and three hundred years after his death it was said that his kingship was perhaps the greatest that the world had ever known. In this first full study of his character and life, Ian Mortimer shows how Edward personally provided the impetus for much of the drama of his fifty-year reign. Under him the feudal kingdom of England became a highly organised nation and experienced its longest period of domestic peace in the Middle Ages. Nineteenth-century historians saw in Edward the opportunity to decry a warmonger, and painted him as a self-seeking, rapacious, tax-gathering conqueror. Yet, as this book shows, beneath the string warrior king was a compassionate, conscientious and often merciful man – resolute, yet devoted to his wife, friends and family. He emerges as a strikingly modern figure, to whom many will be able to relate – the father of both the English people and the English nation.”

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