Edward I is familiar to millions as "Longshanks", conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace (in Braveheart). Yet this story forms only the final chapter of the king's action-packed life. Earlier, Edward had defeated and killed the famous Simon de Montfort, traveled to the Holy Land, and conquered Wales. He raised the greatest armies of the Middle Ages and summoned the largest parliaments. Notoriously, he expelled all the Jews from his kingdom.
In this audiobook, Marc Morris examines afresh the forces that drove Edward throughout his relentless career: his character, his Christian faith, and his sense of England's destiny - a sense shaped in particular by the tales of the legendary King Arthur. He also explores the competing reasons that led Edward's opponents (including Robert Bruce) to resist him.
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"[V]ivid details and an engaging narrative style bring the man and his period to life." (Library Journal)
yes, the narrator really did a great job . Makes reading so much more enjoyable!
"The Norman Conquest" was also a very good book by same author and also had a very good narrator. (Despite the negative reviews on the narrator of that book...I thought his way of reading was very interesting and fitted the history...((As does the narrator of this book by Marc Morris))
not sure yet..as still "Reading " it
no..this is a book to listen to again and again to get all the details fully understood
very happy with the book and performance of narrator
I enjoyed this story of "Longshanks" life. While he was certaintly 'Hammer of the Scots' as he was purported to be--that man didn't give up on those guys, did he? But he was so much more. He also tamed the wild and wooly area now known as Wales and his son was the first Prince of Wales, a hereditary title which is passed on to the older son of the king from that time until now. He was a Crusader, albeit not a very successful one. He was the familiar with Pope Boniface, King Phillip IV, and many other leaders of his time. He had a frightful temper, yet he could be kind and generous. His people both loved him and at the same time didn't trust him not to do them a dirty turn. That was Edward I, an enigma, for certain!
author of Lowcountry Legend's series
This is about the grandson of Bad King John, it is a detailed history without a lot of battle history or law but social history of the late 13th century. Unlike most biographers, the writer does not make the man into a hero that he clearly was not. It's a glimpse into a far distant time that is entirely relevant today.
Interesting story, lots of action and plenty of controversy as goes with all things of the age, but a lot of detail if you are just dipping into medieval history. If you want to really want to understand Edward and the time, this is your book.
I'm really impressed with how much historical fact the author was able to pack into this book while maintaining a well written story line.
I truly enjoyed and recommend this book.
Edward I was an important figure in history, and the book is a good account. It clarified a number of issues for me and contributed considerably to my understanding both of Edward and of his times. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in history.
John Telfer, Simon Vance, Clive Chafer, John Curless, among others: any English reader who speaks naturally! Ralph Lister uses a peculiar cadence in every second sentence which becomes increasingly annoying with time; it bothered me even more in this book than in the same author's shorter King John. I would have given 3 stars if the book had stopped sooner.
The narrator detracted from my pleasure in listening, but I am still glad I listened to this book, and would not hesitate to recommend it.
Audible addict since 2003. High School librarian who has found her bliss!
I enjoyed this well written history of a less discussed era of British history. My only quibble is that the reading was too fast for non fiction. I put my Sansa clip on slow speed and that solved the problem.
As the author points out in his introduction, the life of Edward I has not been given the attention it deserves. One of England's most important kings, there have been no exhaustive biographies of his reign in a hundred years, which is utterly criminal.
This, then, aims to be the definitive account of the topic. It is by default, really, given the circumstances. Luckily, however, it should be considered the ultimate analysis of the subject not just because of the lack of competition, but because it also happens to be brilliant, lucid and almost ludicrously entertaining.
Morris has a terrific ear for narrative and manages to completely avoid the traps that nearly every other popular historian almost always falls into. Even the wonderful Alison Weir, the best historian writing today in my view, tends to have cordoned-off "boring" sections in her books where she deals with the daily life aspects of the period she is talking about. Morris avoids this almost entirely, dealing with the drier historical details only when he has to, and even then he weaves it into the story in a manner that never breaks the flow.
This is an important work, one which gives a much-needed balanced view of a king that has been too often vilified in popular culture (Braveheart, etc.) Edward was a fascinating figure, and deserves to be remembered in the well-rounded manner that Morris has presented here.
The narrator is also excellent. His clear British accent not only fits the book itself, but is easy to listen to and always legible.
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