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

Author(s): Marc Morris


"This is the first major biography for a generation of a truly formidable king, 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 and important 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."


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The first popular biography of Edward I in a generation by a major new historian. 20041109

"Marc Morris's new account of the life of Edward I is a splendid example of the genre. Edward's life is in many ways an ideal subject for such an approach, full of incident and action. . . . An excellent, readable account of his reign." -" Literary Review"

Marc Morris is an historian and broadcaster. He studied and taught history at the universities of London and Oxford, and his doctorate on the thirteenth-century earls of Norfolk was published in 2005. In 2003 he presented the highly-acclaimed television series Castle, and wrote its accompanying book.

General Fields

  • : 9780099481751
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Windmill Books
  • : 0.375
  • : March 2009
  • : 197mm X 129mm X 30mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Marc Morris
  • : Paperback
  • : 9-May
  • : English
  • : 942.035092 B
  • : 480
  • : Biography & autobiography: historical, political & military; British & Irish history: c 1000 to c 1500
  • : 16