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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
King Edward III of England is born - 1312
King Edward III of
England was born on November 13, 1312 at Windsor Castle.
He was the son
of King Edward II and Isabella of France. He reigned as king of England from 1327
until his death in 1377 and is noted for his military success. Restoring royal
authority after the disastrous reign of his father, Edward III went on to
transform the England into one of the most formidable military powers in
Europe. His reign saw vital developments in legislation and government, and in
particular the evolution of the English parliament, as well as the ravages of
the Black Death. He remains one of only five monarchs to have ruled England for
more than fifty years.
crowned at the age of fifteen, following the deposition of his father. When he
was only seventeen years old, Edward III led a coup against the de facto
ruler of the country, his mother's consort Roger Mortimer, and began his
personal reign. After a successful campaign in Scotland in 1333, he declared
himself rightful heir to the French throne in 1337, starting what would become
known as the Hundred Years’ War. Following some initial setbacks, the war went
exceptionally well for England; the victories of Crecy and Poitiers led to the
highly favorable Treaty of Bretigny. Edward's later years, however, were marked
by international failure and domestic strife, largely as a result of his
inactivity and bad health. He died on June 21, 1377 at Sheen Palace from a
stroke and was buried at Westminster Abbey. He was succeeded to the throne by
his ten year old grandson Richard II, son of the Black Prince, who had died in
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