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April 28, 2011 @ 10:34 am

27. Edward III

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With his father deposed in 1327 and Roger Mortimer all-powerful, things did not look too promising for the young Edward III, but this turned out to be one of the most remarkable reigns of the medieval period. Encompassing the start of the Hundred Years War and the Black Death, this was a pivotal period in English history. For Edward, there are triumphs with the Battles of Crecy and Poitiers and the Order of the Garter, but also personal tragedies which beset his later years. When it's all put together, will he make for a great king?

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  • David Nolan

    I’m still catching up: now on Richard II. I’m pleased that you didn’t deduct too many points from Edward III on account of how things ended. After all, as the saying goes, ‘all political careers end in failure’. To which we might add, ‘and if they don’t, then the successor probably ends up with all the trouble.’ To judge Edward III’s long reign on the how it ended, would have been as bizarre as judging Winston Churchill primarily on the basis of his peace time administration in the 1950s.

    Keep up the good work.

    Jul 18, 2011 at 8:57 pm
  • rexfactor

    Very good comparison! Realistically it’s always going to be difficult for any monarch to go out on a high unless they die before their time and it would be pretty harsh to criticise Edward III simply for living too long!

    Jul 19, 2011 at 9:21 am
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