Edward III by Mark Ormrod was a really nice book. I've read at least two times and I always find it to be knowledgeable, descriptive, and supportive to Edward III as he re-enters history as a great medieval ruler. Mark Ormrod cleary values Edward's importance in English as well as British history and he showed that to great effect in this book.
I loved how Mark organized his book into nine major sections. The first one goes from 1327-1341, Edward's first years on the throne. We clearly see the not so confident Edward and how in 1341, he began to rule better and become really the king he was boen to be. The years 1342-1360 highligted Edward's great military successes in France at Crecy, Calais, and his son's famous victory of Poitiers in 1356, where he captured the French king John. The last years of Edward's life were also very well written. Starting in 1361-1377, we see the declining Edward and the old, sad Edward.
After that, Ormrod spread out six more chapters on Edward himself, his magnates, his government, his church, and where he stands in English history. All of his polictical ministers are given light and we see Edward's ministers, escpecially Edington take care of England's political structrues. Very well written piece of history.
This book on Edward III is good. The best is Mortimers, but that is a biogarphy, and this is not. Ormrod is working on a biography of Edward III which I'm sure will be a must have. Otherwise, good book to buy and read