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5.0 out of 5 stars The 14th century, 20 Mar 2009
P. Stainer (Dorset) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Three Edwards: War and State in England 1272-1377 (Paperback)
Michael Prestwich once again continues his trend of detailed and insightful medieval books with the Three Edwards. Essentially this book explores 14th century England with Edward I reign beginning in 1272 while his grandson Edward III dies in 1377. This book explores the primary problems of politics and warfare involving the english state and how each one of the Edwards approached it. Edward I is a very typical medieval king who pushes the limits of his kingship and power to achieve conquest and fame. He was brutal and brought England to its knees finacially. Edward II could not have been more different. While his father hankered for warfare, his son enjoyed music, art and theatre. Edward II lavished gifts on entirely unsuitable subjects that brought about dissent and eventually internal rebellion by Mortimer and the Kings wife Isabella. Edward III is a return to his fathers idea but with greater success.

The book is detailed and very well researched with a sense of tired success followed by total failure that is finally repaired on the fields of Crecy and Poitiers. An important book for students studying the 14th century and the progression and politics and kingship throughout this period.
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The Three Edwards: War and State in England 1272-1377
The Three Edwards: War and State in England 1272-1377 by Michael Prestwich (Paperback - 13 Mar 2003)
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