A Great and Terrible King

A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain

History , British History, Medieval Britain
Paperback Published on: 05/03/2009
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A Great and Terrible King
A fascinating book !
This is a major biography of King Edward the first . Perfect for anyone who's knowledge of Edward starts and finishes with the film Braveheart ! In an acti... READ MORE
Roz Radmore


This is the first major biography for a generation of a truly formidable king. Edward I is familiar to millions as 'Longshanks', conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace ('Braveheart'). Edward was born to rule England, but believed that it was his right to rule all of Britain. His reign was one of the most dramatic of the entire Middle Ages, leading to war and conquest on an unprecedented scale, and leaving a legacy of division that has lasted from his day to our own.

In his astonishingly action-packed life, Edward defeated and killed the famous Simon de Montfort in battle; travelled across Europe to the Holy Land on crusade; conquered Wales, extinguishing forever its native rulers, and constructed - at Conwy, Harlech, Beaumaris and Caernarfon - the most magnificent chain of castles ever created. After the death of his first wife he erected the Eleanor Crosses - the grandest funeral monuments ever fashioned for an English monarch.

  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • ISBN: 9780099481751
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Weight: 353g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 31 mm

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A Great and Terrible King
I was looking for a book to give me a general overview of the Middle Ages as it was an area of our history I knew little about, other than basic knowledge ... READ MORE
A Great and Terrible King
This is a great biographical take on Edward I. Highly engaging and fluid read. I especially enjoyed the part about Edwards journey on the crusade. Every ... READ MORE
George MA
A Great and Terrible King
Great book, font is a struggle to read.
I love Marc Morris, he is a fantastic author and historian, I have read his other books and so I was looking forward to reading this one. The book is fanta... READ MORE
Oliver Buckingham
A Great and Terrible King
Excellent read,
A detailed account. Very absorbing and very readable. An excellent book for anyone interested in this period of history.
Simon Johnston
A Great and Terrible King
If you have an interest in this period of history this is a must read. A great read.highly recommended.
Simon Johnston