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The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation by [Mortimer, Ian]
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"Ian Mortimer does not disappoint. This is an old-style thumping yarn, full of blood and thunder, heroism and adulation." (Jonathan Sumption Spectator)

"This is a story which - for its boldness of interpretation, success of evoking this vanished medieval world, and sheer narrative elan - deserves to be widely read." (John Adamson The Sunday Times)

"Mortimer...writes with enthusiasm and real knowledge... He can write an excellent narrative account of a battle." (Richard Barber Literary Review)

"This is an excellent biography; entertaining as well as informative." (Allan Massie Daily Telegraph)

"A fascinating portrait. At times, the reader seems almost able to reach across time and touch this man." (The Economist)

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King for 50 years (1327-77), Edward III - like Elizabeth and Victoria after him - embodied the values of his age. He re-made England and forged a nation out of war.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (30 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003RRY5X6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews
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Being brought up firmly in the school of Edward II -Berkeley Castle - red hot poker in places that made teenage scholars snigger, I approached this book with a great deal of caution. I have to say that Mortimer has made acompelling case for the survival of Edward II, which I personally can go along with. Even if you don't agree with this thesis you should still buy this book if you are interested in: the Fourteenth Century, Edward III, the Hundred Years War. Mortimer takes Edward from vulnerable youth, through warrior king, to manipulated old man, In my opinion this will be the definitive work on Edward III for many years to come. Well written, copiously researched, brilliant, so buy it!
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By Dr. Tom Bell VINE VOICE on 2 Dec. 2009
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What a marvellous read. I am interested in all areas of history but as a boy Edward and his son the Black Prince were heroes. I have never been able to understand why we see so much about Henry V111 and so little about other great Kings such as Edward 111 or Edward 1 .. or indeed other fascinating long reigns such as Henry 111 with great charactors like Simon de Montfort. Here in Edward Dr Mortimer has found a character worthy of his writing. It is such a marvellous story. The theory that his father was alive till well in his reign is fascinating. Even better is that he does not go on about it , but states it firmly and lays down the reasons why he feels it is true. It is also fascinating that Edward was so enamoured of the tales of Arthur that he not only created his own myth for Camelot, but indeed when we see the myth in out minds eye, or on TV , it is not the early english hero we see but a figure much like Edward himself. READ THIS BOOK you will love it I think.
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This is the first book I've read about Edward III, and it's great. I was a fan of Mortimer's 'The Greatest Traitor' so really looked forward to reading this.

I was not disappointed. Mortimer sticks to his guns about Edward II being alive in Edward III's reign, and explains his motives in light of this. You couldn't get a more different king from Edward II, however, and it is his successful reign, wars in France and the multitude of offspring he has that makes this not only a great book in itself, but an excellent precursor to reading about Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V, as well as the Wars of the Roses (well, obviously!).

I started my history reading with the tudors, and worked my way back. If you are thinking of starting to read popular history, my advice is to start further back, as anglo-saxon and medieval kings and queens are so much more interesting!
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Ian Mortimer's Life of Edward III is an example of that rare beast, the almost perfect book. He creates an atmosphere which allows the reader to not only be 'in the zone' but in the room with the people he is writing about. Edward actually lives in this book and I have to confess that I fell in love with him. The factual information about Edward is exquisitely presented by Mr Mortimer to make this a very rounded portrait of our very long-lived King. I carried this book around with me [started it in France, took it to the UK on a visit, then returned to my home in France to finish] until I had read every word and became distressed at the turning of the last page, almost as if I had suffered a bereavement i.e (1) the end of the book and (2) the extremely sad final moments in Edward's life. This book does what ALL history books should do - transports the reader to another time and place. Highly recommended piece of reading.
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It might seem a bit weird to say it, as the other book is by a different author, but this is a great companion to A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain by Marc Morris.

Edward III is another 'great' English King that no one in my history lessons at school bothered to tell us about. 1066 then the War of the Roses with maybe a rumour of Agincourt thrown in. That was school history of 1066 to 1600!

I have to confess I was fascinated by the war with France and had read a lot about Agincourt and through the unlikely avenue of a Bernard Cornwell book I learned about Crecy and the great battles of Edward III and his eldest son, Edward The Black Prince. These are battles that easily rate with Agincourt in terms of fighting against the odds.

What you learn through this book is that these were ages of intrigue, battles and intense religious and political upheaval. Mortimer, like Morris with Edward I, takes you by the hand and guides you through the mire and throws in a few surprises along the way. His father Edward II, for example, was not dead when Edward III ascended to the throne - he was very much alive and was probably around for several years into the young Edward's reign.

Where Edward I was called the Hammer of the Scots, Edward III was possibly the Hammer of the French, and for 30 years he dominated the battlefields. But Kings get old and unlike Edward I who effectively died being carried to battle, Edward III would die a lonely old man with much of his battle won advantages being lost in later life and after death.

These sort of historical books are terrific reads. You feel like you really 'know' the subject and haven't just had the sort of 'glancing blow' most school history lessons cast at you.
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