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30,239. Edward III had done the unthinkable: he had proclaimed himself king of England and France. (England & Edward III & France & Middle Ages) Dr Janina Ramirez, Chivalry and Betrayal: The Hundred Years’ War I: Trouble in the Family 1337-1360, BBC 2013
30,240. To claim back his rights in France he would have to take on Philip’s army. (England & Edward III & France & Middle Ages) ibid.
30,241. King Edward and his campaigns were hugely popular. (England & Edward III & France & Middle Ages) ibid.
30,242. France and England were forced to agree a truce but it was a fragile death … the plague had plunged the country into a moral panic. (England & Edward III & Plague & France & Middle Ages) ibid.
30,243. Edward reignited the war ... This was systematic pillage and destruction ... This time Edward had not just humbled the French monarchy he had broken it. (England & Edward III & France & Middle Ages) ibid.
30,293. In the summer of 1348 the English could be forgiven for thinking themselves unconquerable. They had vanquished the old enemies – the Scots and the French. Their King – Edward III – seemed the most powerful ruler in Europe. But they would be conquered ... King Death. His weapon was plague ... Almost half the country would be dead. (Great Britain & England & Edward III & Plagues & Middle Ages) Simon Schama, A History of Britain: King Death
71,067. Edward III was not a statesman, though he possessed some qualifications which might have made him a successful one. He was a warrior; ambitious, unscrupulous, selfish, extravagant and ostentatious. His obligations as a king sat very lightly on him. He felt himself bound by no special duty, either to maintain the theory of royal supremacy or to follow a policy which would benefit his people. Like Richard I, he valued England primarily as a source of supplies. (Edward III & England) William Stubbs, The Constitutional History of England
112,809. Edward [III] was the perfect gentleman … This was a quiet revolution. (Monarchy & England & Edward III & Middle Ages) Monarchy by David Starkey s1e5: A United Kingdom, Channel 4 2004
112,810. War with France offered the chance of rich booty … He was about to start a war that would last a hundred years. (Monarchy & England & Edward III & Middle Ages) ibid.