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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) 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) ibid.
30,241. King Edward and his campaigns were hugely popular. (England & Edward III & France) 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) 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) 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 & Plague) 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) Monarchy by David Starkey s1e5: A United Kingdom
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) ibid.