NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Apr 23, 2014) - Dr. Ian Mortimer's diligent research, which unearths significant facts that have been lost in the course of history, marks his historical biographies -- Edward III: The Perfect King, Henry IV: The Righteous King and Henry V: The Warrior King -- with surprising insights about his subjects that will intrigue readers. These three books, now in digital format and published by RosettaBooks, take on some of England's most revered monarchs in an effort to show the men behind the legends.
"In these three books I tried hard to break down the traditional objectivity of the scholarly historian and to understand what made these men tick as human beings. Collectively, each book reveals the vision, passions and courage of three of England's greatest medieval kings," said Mortimer.
Mortimer shows in Henry IV: The Righteous King (The Fears of Henry IV: The Life of England's Self-Made King) that perceptions can change within the ruling of a monarch. Although Henry IV is often remembered as a king who subverted divine rule by deposing the proper monarch Richard II, he was actually hailed as a hero at the time for relieving the people of a tyrannical ruler. His ascension by force allowed his allies to devise schemes to do the same to him, and he survived eight plots to dethrone or kill him in the first six years of his reign.
Because of his contributions to the modern justice system, art and architecture, and language itself, Edward III is often praised as one of England's most influential kings. Edward III: The Perfect King (The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation) reveals that among his accomplishments, a streak of brutality allowed the king to rise to power in the first place after overthrowing his guardians at age 17, usurping his father's crown, and ordering his uncle beheaded.
Celebrated by Shakespeare and the nation as one of England's greatest heroes, Henry V's legend has reached epic proportions over the centuries. However, Mortimer reveals in Henry V: The Warrior King (1415: Henry V's Year of Glory) that especially at the Battle of Agincourt, he used the insecurity of the Catholic Church and cruel force to solidify his authority.
"History can sometimes warp over decades and centuries, and scholars like Ian Mortimer remind us to look at the details to see the true picture," said Arthur Klebanoff, CEO of RosettaBooks.
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