The Three Edwards: War and State in England 1272-1377 / Edition 2

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An excellent introduction to an eventful period of history., this spirited work analyzes the three Kings of very different qualities and reputations: the confident and masterful Edward I who conquered Wales; Edward II who was defeated by the Scots in battle and was humiliated and deposed; and Edward III whose reign saw great triumphs against the French, but also the ravages of plague. Michael Prestwich combines lively anecdotes and colorful assessments of each of these Kings' characters.
The second edition of this highly acclaimed book updates the story throughout. A great deal of research on this period of history has been undertaken since 1980 when the first edition was published, a great deal of it by the author himself. This new edition presents new and improved maps to help visualize the campaigns and adds a revised guide to further reading.
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Editorial Reviews

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 (
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415303088
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/16/2003
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Chronological Table
Introduction 1
1 The Leopard or the Lion: Edward I 5
2 The Proving Ground: The War against the Scots 39
3 Edward II: The Incompetent King 71
4 Counsel and Consent: The Development of Parliament 102
5 The Nobility 121
6 'Our Just Quarrel': The Hundred Years War 146
7 War, Profits and Chivalry 168
8 Crisis and Stability: The Domestic Policies of Edward III to 1360 191
9 Plague, Famine and War: The Fourteenth-Century Economy 219
10 The Years of Decline, 1360-77 245
Genealogical Table I The House of Plantagenet and its Branches 268
Genealogical Table II The Succession to the Scottish Throne 270
Genealogical Table III The House of Valois 272
Glossary 275
References to Quotations 277
Further Reading 284
Index 291
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