Book Review: Edward III: The Perfect King by Ian Mortimer (Four Stars)

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Book Review: Edward III: The Perfect King by Ian Mortimer

(Four Stars)

“’The perfect king’ is not what Edward III was: it is what he tried to be. He was a prince who knew his job and did it.”

Better-than-average history. Mortimer goes behind battles and treaties to explore the personal, cultural and religious background of the high tide of the middle ages. Edward’s life is examined, warts and all, a feat in itself as reliable records are spotty.

“Edward III’s experiences are so extraordinary that the period 1326-50 reads at times like a fairy tale with footnotes.”

Beginning with Edward’s deliverance from his mother’s tyranny, Mortimer weaves this biography from the warp and weft of Continue reading