The first top biography of a in point of fact bold king, whose reign was once one of the crucial dramatic and necessary of all of the Heart A while, resulting in battle and conquest on an extraordinary scale.

Edward I is acquainted to hundreds of thousands as “Longshanks,” conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace (in “Braveheart”). But this tale bureaucracy best the general bankruptcy of the king’s motion-packed existence. In advance, Edward had defeated and killed the well-known Simon de Montfort in struggle; travelled to the Holy Land; conquered Wales, extinguishing perpetually its local rulers and setting up a powerful chain of castles. He raised the best armies of the Heart A while and summoned the most important parliaments; notoriously, he expelled the entire Jews from his kingdom.The longest-lived of England’s medieval kings, he fathered fifteen kids together with his first spouse, Eleanor of Castile, and, after her loss of life, he erected the Eleanor Crosses―the grandest funeral monuments ever formed for an English monarch.

On this e book, Marc Morris examines afresh the forces that drove Edward all over his relentless occupation: his personality, his Christian religion, and his experience of England’s future―a way formed particularly by means of the stories of the mythical King Arthur. He additionally explores the competing purposes that led Edward’s combatants (together with Robert Bruce) to withstand him.

The result’s a sweeping tale, immaculately researched But compellingly informed, and a brilliant image of medieval Britain these days whilst its long run was once determined. 16 pages of colour and B&W images