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King Edward III by Michael Packe

King Edward III (1993)

by Michael Packe

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King Edward III ruled for fifty years. Under his genial splendor, the fractious wilderness inherited from his murdered father became transformed into an English nation. It was a reign outstandingly rich in dramatic events and sometimes violent in its contrasts. There were spectacular feats of war at Sluys, Crécy and Poitiers, as well as at Nájera beyond the Pyrenees. They made the king and his eldest son, the Black Prince, into figures of legend. Yet the brightly colored pageantry of the chivalric king and his sons and loyal captains has to be set against the horrors and miseries of the Black Death. Similarly, if less sensationally, the king founded his new Order of the Garter for the benefit of a select group of those whom he and future monarchs might delight to honor just when the humble Commons were repeatedly demanding that he show a quite new respect for their own, less exalted persons and in particular for their pockets. - Preface.… (more)



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After trudging through a pack of crappy books lately, King Edward III by Michael Packe was a godsend. It is such a pleasure to read a work on a favorite subject that is well written and you enjoy thoroughly. Too many times have I started a book on something I enjoy reading about only to discover that it is poorly written or incredibly boring. This book was just the opposite.
This work is detailed and vivid. He does not give you verbatum the accounts of 4 different chronicles of the same event. He is author and as such has taken charge of his book and is selective of what he includes in it. On the whole the book is also unbiased and fair to Edward III memory, which is a rarity on anything pertaining to the Hundred Years War.
There is one section that Mr. Packe dwells WAY too long on about whether or not Edward committed rape. This is a biography and would be an important event in any such work, but to the military history-minded like myself, it was a bit of a bore. Mr. Packe did resort to what I call "dueling chroniclers" and spent a bit too much time as well exploring the exact identity or the supposed victim.
All in all a great book and I recommend it. Probably the authoritive biography on this great king. ( )
  Poleaxe | Apr 14, 2009 |
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Introductory Note -- At the time of his death, Michael Packe had completed the typescript of Books I and II and all but the last few pages of Book III.
Preface -- King Edward III ruled for fifty years.
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