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.
A vivid and dramatic popular history of this feudal lord, rebel leader and dictator of England.
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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!