|Title:||The Three Edwards: The Pageant of England [Plantagenets #3]|
|Publisher:||Doubleday & Company, Inc.|
|Tags:||England, history, non-fiction, Edward III, Edward II, Edward I|
The first of the Plantagenet Edwards gave England her parliamentary government, her well-ordered legal system, and her victories over the proud Scots. The reign of the enlightened and popular Edward I was a vibrant spring after the long, dark winter of the Middle Ages.
But the glory England achieved under Edward I was lost when Edward II ascended the throne. Born with a sinister and fatal flaw of character, Edward II all but destroyed the great kingdom he had inherited and left behind him a disastrous history of chaos, farce, and tragedy. His most important contribution to his country's welfare was his son—who became Edward III.
In Edward III, England again had an energetic ruler who, as he swept away his father's shameful memory, built up a lucrative trade with Flanders and waged a wily diplomacy with France, culminating in the Hundred Years’ War. Here, too, was a time of color and action.—Excerpts from Dustcover. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Costain, Thomas B.
Thomas Bertram Costain (May 8, 1885 – October 8, 1965) was a Canadian journalist who became a best-selling author of historical novels at the age of 57.
Costain's work is a mixture of commercial history (such as The White and The Gold, a history of New France to around 1720) and fiction that relies heavily on historic events (one review stated it was hard to tell where history leaves off and apocrypha begins). His most popular novel was The Black Rose (1945), centred in the time and actions of Bayan of the Baarin also known as Bayan of the Hundred Eyes. Costain noted in his foreword that he initially intended the book to be about Bayan and Edward I, but became caught up in the legend of Thomas a Becket's parents: an English knight married to an Eastern girl. The book was a selection of the Literary Guild with a first printing of 650,000 copies and sold over two million copies in its first year.
His research led him to believe that Richard III was a great monarch tarred by conspiracies, after his death, with the murder of the princes in the tower. Costain supported his theories with documentation, suggesting that the real murderer was Henry VII.
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