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The greatest traitor : the life of Sir Roger Mortimer, ruler of England, 1327-1330

Author: Ian Mortimer
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"One night in August 1323, a captive rebel baron, Sir Roger Mortimer, drugged his guards and escaped from the Tower of London. With the king's men-at-arms in pursuit he fled to the south coast and sailed to France. There he was joined by Isabella, the Queen of England, who threw herself into his arms. A year later, as lovers, they returned with an invading army: King Edward II's forces crumbled before them and
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Roger de Mortimer, Earl of March; Isabella, Queen consort of Edward II King of England; Edward, King of England
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Mortimer
ISBN: 0312349416 9780312349417
OCLC Number: 62421329
Notes: Originally published: London : J. Cape, 2003.
Description: xiv, 377 p. : maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: Inheritance --
Youth --
The King's friend --
Bannockburn and Kells --
The King's lieutenant --
The King's kinsman --
Rebel --
The King's prisoner --
The King's enemy --
Invader --
Revolutionary --
The King's murderer? --
King in all but name --
King of folly.
Responsibility: Ian Mortimer.
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"One night in August 1323, a captive rebel baron, Sir Roger Mortimer, drugged his guards and escaped from the Tower of London. With the king's men-at-arms in pursuit he fled to the south coast and sailed to France. There he was joined by Isabella, the Queen of England, who threw herself into his arms. A year later, as lovers, they returned with an invading army: King Edward II's forces crumbled before them and Mortimer took power. He removed Edward II in the first deposition of a monarch in British history. Then the ex-king was apparently murdered, some said with a red-hot poker, in Berkeley Castle."

"Brutal, intelligent, passionate, profligate, imaginative, and violent, Sir Roger Mortimer was an extraordinary character. It is not surprising that the Queen lost her heart to him. Nor is it surprising that his contemporaries were terrified of him. But until now no one has appreciated the full evil genius of the man. This first biography reveals not only Mortimer's career as a feudal lord, a governor of Ireland, a rebel leader, and a dictator of England, but also the truth of what happened that night in Berkeley Castle."--Jacket.

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