The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March

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The first biography of the evil genius and rebel baron who deposed and murdered Edward II.

One night in August 1323 a captive rebel baron, Sir Roger Mortimer, drugged his guards and escaped from the Tower of London. With the king's men-at-arms in pursuit he fled to the south coast, and sailed to France. There he was joined by Isabella, the Queen of England, who threw herself into his arms. A year later, as lovers, they returned with an invading army: King Edward II's forces ...

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The first biography of the evil genius and rebel baron who deposed and murdered Edward II.

One night in August 1323 a captive rebel baron, Sir Roger Mortimer, drugged his guards and escaped from the Tower of London. With the king's men-at-arms in pursuit he fled to the south coast, and sailed to France. There he was joined by Isabella, the Queen of England, who threw herself into his arms. A year later, as lovers, they returned with an invading army: King Edward II's forces crumbled before them, and Mortimer took power. He removed Edward II in the first deposition of a monarch in British history. Then the ex-king was apparently murdered, some said with a red-hot poker, in Berkeley Castle. Brutal, intelligent, passionate, profligate, imaginative and violent: Sir Roger Mortimer was an extraordinary character. It is not surprising that the queen lost her heart to him. Nor is it surprising that his contemporaries were terrified of him. But until now no one has appreciated the full evil genius of the man. This first biography reveals not only the man's career as a feudal lord, a governor of Ireland, a rebel leader and a dictator of England but also the truth of what happened that night in Berkeley Castle.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780712697156
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 4/27/2004
  • Pages: 400

Meet the Author

IAN MORTIMER has BA and Ph.D. degrees in history from Exeter University and an MA in archive studies from University College London. From 1991 to 2003 he worked in turns for Devon Record Office, Reading University, the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, and Exeter University. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1998. In March 2006, the second of his medieval biographies, The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation was published by Jonathan Cape. He lives with his wife and three children on the edge of Dartmoor.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2005

    Roger The Victim

    As a great-grandaughter of both Roger Mortimer and Isabella of France and King Edward II of England, I have extensively studied their lives. Poor Roger has had the misfortune of being not only a scape-goat, but very much misunderstood. It is for a very good reason that Isabella is called the 'She Wolf of France'. Don't let the times in which these royal women were reared in fool you, many of them were not as innocent as they seem. Isabella of France was far more innocent that Eleanor of Aquitaine, another great-grandmother of mine, but just as guilty in the end. It does not matter what they did or what they mave may accomplished in life.....they are my great-grandparents and in spite of their failures and misfortunes, I love them all. But a wise word of advice.....don't believe everything you read!

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