By Marc Morris
The 1st significant biography of a really ambitious king, whose reign was once the most dramatic and demanding of the whole heart a while, resulting in struggle and conquest on an unheard of scale.Edward I is general to thousands as "Longshanks," conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace (in "Braveheart"). but this tale types basically the ultimate bankruptcy of the king's action-packed existence. previous, Edward had defeated and killed the well-known Simon de Montfort in conflict; travelled to the Holy Land; conquered Wales, extinguishing ceaselessly its local rulers and developing an impressive chain of castles. He raised the best armies of the center a long time and summoned the most important parliaments; notoriously, he expelled the entire Jews from his kingdom.The longest-lived of England's medieval kings, he fathered fifteen childrens along with his first spouse, Eleanor of Castile, and, after her loss of life, he erected the Eleanor Crosses—the grandest funeral monuments ever shaped for an English monarch.
In this e-book, Marc Morris examines afresh the forces that drove Edward all through his relentless profession: his personality, his Christian religion, and his feel of England's destiny—a feel formed specifically through the stories of the mythical King Arthur. He additionally explores the competing purposes that led Edward's rivals (including Robert Bruce) to withstand him.
The result's a sweeping tale, immaculately researched but compellingly instructed, and a brilliant photo of medieval Britain for the time being whilst its destiny was once determined.
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As long as I had a job, he was happy. I moved on to Hartford around 1946, with his approval. I lived in Hartford for about a year and a half with Walter and his mother and another elderly lady, who also rented a room from Mrs. Bolden. I look back at my months in Hartford as a happy time. There was a piano in the living room, and Mrs. Bolden allowed me to practice on it. Often on the way home from a gig, I’d buy a pizza and bring it home with me. Mrs. Bolden and the other lady would be sleeping, but Walter would be up.
Thanks to Dad letting me use the family car, I was able to make these gigs. Sometimes I played tenor, sometimes piano. On some gigs, I was the leader of the band, and on some I worked with other leaders. There was a club in Bridgeport called the Hollywood, where trumpeter and teacher Eddie Antalik held jam sessions on Sunday afternoons. When the Hollywood discontinued this policy, the 616 Club picked it Dreaming My Dreams / 23 up. Drummer Nate Sussman was the leader of the band there. Some of the ﬁne musicians I jammed with at these two clubs included guitarists Pete Money and Harry Massameano, alto saxophonist Eddie Graª, tenor saxophonist Buddy Arnold, trumpeters Eddie Antalik and Howie Marks, and bassist Larry Marks.
Mort Fega and Alan Grant each had a radio program, too. At present, we are blessed here in the Los Angeles area with radio station KKJZ-FM (formerly KLON ). One of their deejays, Chuck Niles, reminds me of Symphony Sid. Sid had a deep, beautiful speaking voice, and so does Chuck. Jazz music has been blessed and perpetuated by all these great men. In those days, the Apollo Theater had an amateur hour every Wednesday night between eleven o’clock and midnight, which was broadcast over the radio. The master of ceremonies was Willie Bryant, who was later replaced by Ralph Cooper.
A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain by Marc Morris