Edward III of England

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Edward III
King of England; Lord of Ireland
Edward III depicted in Cassell's History of England (1902)
Reign 1 February 1327 – 21 June 1377 (50 years)
Coronation 1 February 1327
Predecessor Edward II
Successor Richard II "of Bordeaux"
Regent Roger Mortimer, Earl of March
& Queen Isabella (de facto)
Council inc. Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster (1327–1330; de jure)
Spouse Philippa of Hainault
Issue
Edward, Prince of Wales "The Black Prince"
Isabella, Dame de Coucy
Lady Joan
Lionel of Antwerp, Duke of Clarence
John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster
Edmund of Langley, Duke of York
Mary, Duchess of Brittany
Margaret Plantagenet, Countess of Pembroke
Thomas of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester
House House of Plantagenet
Father Edward II
Mother Isabella of France
Born 13 November 1312(1312-11-13)
Windsor Castle, Berkshire
Died 21 June 1377(1377-06-21) (aged 64)
Sheen Palace, Richmond
Burial Westminster Abbey, London

Edward III (13 November 1312–21 June 1377) was one of the most successful English monarchs of the Middle Ages. He ruled for 50 years.

He made England the strongest military power in Europe.

Edward was crowned when he was fourteen years old, after his father was forced to resign (abdicate). After his victory against the Scots, he declared himself heir to the French throne in 1337, and so started the Hundred Years' War. The war went very well for England; the victories of Crécy and Poitiers led up to the Treaty of Brétigny, by which he gained a lot of territory. When he became older, he was much less active, mostly a result of his bad health. He died of a stroke in 1377 aged 64.

Edward also established the Order of the Garter, and developed of legislature and government. However, during his reign there was the Black Death.

In his own time and for centuries after Edward III was praised a lot, but by Whig historians he was seen as an irresponsible adventurer. This view has turned, and modern historians see what a good king he was.

Other websites[change | edit source]

The Medieval Sourcebook (Home page) has some good sources relating to the reign of Edward III: