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Extremely readable and thoroughly interesting,
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This review is from: A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain (Paperback)
Marc Morris has that rare ability of being able to portray detailed historical facts whilst maintaining a gripping narrative storyline. This book is therefore a good read irrespective of the readers interest in history.
I agree with the reviewer who said that this book contains several stories in one, with each era of Edwards life offering enough material to be a fantastic book in its own right. The hardest part of creating this book must have been in deciding what to include and what to leave out as every page leads you excitedly onto the next.
I can understand why a great many people would resent the word "great" being used in context with this English king. His insatiable appetite for land and unjust treatment of the Scots, the Welsh, the Irish and the Jews prevent Edward from winning a popular monarch contest but he was a man of his age and cannot be fairly compared to tyrants of the modern era. Indeed, he successfully fought off a far greater xenophobe in the form of Simon De Montford.
This book represents a truley facinating part of British history that anyone with an interest in the development of English, Scottish, Irish or Welsh history must read.