The Gothic King: A Biography of Henry III

The Gothic King A Biography of Henry III The first biography in many years of Henry IIIThe son and successor of Bad King John Henry III reigned for years from the first child king in England for years England went on to prosper

  • Title: The Gothic King: A Biography of Henry III
  • Author: John Paul Davis
  • ISBN: 9780720614800
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Paperback
  • The first biography in many years of Henry IIIThe son and successor of Bad King John, Henry III reigned for 56 years from 1216, the first child king in England for 200 years England went on to prosper during his reign and his greatest monument is Westminster Abbey, which he made the seat of his government indeed, Henry III was the first English King to call a parliament.The first biography in many years of Henry IIIThe son and successor of Bad King John, Henry III reigned for 56 years from 1216, the first child king in England for 200 years England went on to prosper during his reign and his greatest monument is Westminster Abbey, which he made the seat of his government indeed, Henry III was the first English King to call a parliament Though often overlooked by historians, Henry III was a unique figure coming out of a chivalric yet Gothic era a compulsive builder of daunting castles and epic sepulchres a powerful, unyielding monarch who faced down the De Montfort rebellion and waged war with Wales and France and, much than his father, Henry was the king who really hammered out the terms of the Magna Carta with the barons John Paul Davis brings all his forensic skills and insights to the grand story of the Gothic King in this, the only biography in print of a most remarkable monarch.

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    1. Over the past few years, I have read plenty of books and articles about King Henry III of England, the people around him and the time he lived in, especially those that discuss the period of the Second Barons’ Wars. The time is fascinating to me, and I cannot get enough of it. I often thought to myself what a shame it is- was- that no chronological narrative of Henry’s reign had been written by a modern author. For all the masses of analysis and contextualisation there is, there was nothing [...]

    2. I decided to read this book purely via an interest in Edward I, to get more of an impression of what his younger days might have been like. However, I came to be very interested in Henry III in the process and actually find him to be one of the few Plantagenet kings that I think I might actually like as a person.He was compassionate towards the suffering of the poor and eager to enrich England's landscape with cathedrals and churches, from which many towns still benefit today. Henry is a king I [...]

    3. This was not awesome. The life of Henry III is presented firmly chronologically, and I find that this sort of life benefits from being presented, if not thematically instead of chronologically, then at least using a combination of the two. (There is one chapter covering "The Builder King" which is thematic rather than chronological.)There was also a lot of referring to people by their first names (Edward, Richard, Edmund) instead of title - in periods like this, where every second person was a W [...]

    4. I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I felt that Davis spent too much time talking about battles and not enough time talking about Henry III's personality. I loved the last chapter where, in wrapping everything up, Davis mentioned that Henry III ordered a pet for his ill child and very much loved his wife. That seems to be a very rare occurrence for a king.

    5. Very neat introduction to the reign of Henry III, covering the personality and the reign. Overall, well-written, informative, and enjoyable.

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