The Three Edwards: War and State in England 1272-1377

Overview

This book is an excellent introduction to this eventful period in history, offering students of history and the Middle Ages a fascinating insight into the reigns of three very different sovereigns:

* Edward I – a confident and masterful conqueror of Wales
* Edward II – defeated by the Scots, humiliated and deposed
* Edward III – triumphant against the French, but reigned through the ravages of plague.

The book focuses on each king's approach to war - an essential determinant of ...

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Overview

This book is an excellent introduction to this eventful period in history, offering students of history and the Middle Ages a fascinating insight into the reigns of three very different sovereigns:

* Edward I – a confident and masterful conqueror of Wales
* Edward II – defeated by the Scots, humiliated and deposed
* Edward III – triumphant against the French, but reigned through the ravages of plague.

The book focuses on each king's approach to war - an essential determinant of political and constitutional development, and emphasizes how the importance of war stretches far beyond the traditional boundaries of military history.

For any student or researcher of history and the Middle Ages, this highly acclaimed book provides excellent research and course study opportunities.

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Editorial Reviews

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'The best general survey of a topic central to the development of the English state.' - Times Literary Supplement

'valuable second edition of [a] much thumbed work' Scottish Association of Teachers of History

Booknews
Prestwich shows how England was transformed during the reigns of the first three Edwards--more specifically, how the the medieval English state in its most developed form responeded to the varied problems presented by war. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415869195
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/31/2013
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Leopard or the Lion: Edward I 2. The Proving Ground: The War Against the Scots 3. Edward II: The Incompetent King 4. Counsel and Consent: The Development of Parliament 5. The Nobility 6. 'Our Just Quarrel' : The Hundred Years War 7 . War, Profits and Chivalry 8. Crisis and Stability: The Domestic Policies of Edward III to 1360 9. Plague, Famine and War: The Fourteenth Century Economy 10. The Years of Decline, 1360–77. Genealogical Tables: The House of Plantagenet and its Branches. The Succession to the Scottish Throne. The House of Valois

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