Edward Ii (penguin Monarchs): The Terrors Of Kingship by Christopher Given-WilsonEdward Ii (penguin Monarchs): The Terrors Of Kingship by Christopher Given-Wilson

Edward Ii (penguin Monarchs): The Terrors Of Kingship

byChristopher Given-Wilson

Hardcover | October 25, 2016

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'He seems to have laboured under an almost child-like misapprehension about the size of his world. Had greatness not been thrust upon him, he might have lived a life of great harmlessness.' The reign of Edward II was a succession of disasters. Unkingly, inept in war, and in thrall to favourites, he preferred digging ditches and rowing boats to the tedium of government. His infatuation with a young Gascon nobleman, Piers Gaveston, alienated even the most natural supporters of the crown. Hoping to lay the ghost of his soldierly father, Edward I, he invaded Scotland and suffered catastrophic defeat at the Battle of Bannockburn. After twenty ruinous years, betrayed and abandoned by most of his nobles and by his wife and her lover, Edward was imprisoned in Berkeley Castle and murdered - the first English king since the Norman Conquest to be deposed.
Christopher Given-Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the University of St Andrews. His writing and research focuses on 14th and 15th century England.
Title:Edward Ii (penguin Monarchs): The Terrors Of KingshipFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 6.9 × 4.6 × 0.2 inPublished:October 25, 2016Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141977965

ISBN - 13:9780141977966

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely edition This is a really informative book, a quick history read - and the beautiful printing and binding, especially with the dust cover, is really nice to see on the shelf. The Penguin Monarchs series is a really good physical look. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-11