The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer,


The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, Ruler of England 1327-1330 [Ebook] ➠ The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, Ruler of England 1327-1330 By Ian Mortimer – Thomashillier.co.uk One night in August a captive rebel baron, Sir Roger Mortimer, drugged his guards and escaped from the Tower of London With the king s men at arms in pursuit he fled to the south coast, and sailed to One night in Augusta Traitor: The PDF É captive rebel baron, Sir Roger Mortimer, drugged his guards and escaped from the Tower of London With the king s men at arms in pursuit he fled The Greatest PDF/EPUB ² to the south coast, and sailed to France There he was joined by Isabella, the Queen of England, who threw herself into his arms A year later, as lovers, they returned with Greatest Traitor: The eBook ↠ an invading army King Edward II s forces crumbled before them, and Mortimer took power He removed Edward II in the first deposition of a monarch in British history Then the ex king was apparently murdered, some said with a red hot poker, in Berkeley CastleBrutal, intelligent, passionate, profligate, imaginative and violent Sir Roger Mortimer was an extraordinary character It is not surprising that the queen lost her heart to him Nor is it surprising that his contemporaries were terrified of him But until now no one has appreciated the full evil genius of the man This first biography reveals not only the man s career as a feudal lord, a governor of Ireland, a rebel leader and a dictator of England but also the truth of what happened that night in Berkeley Castle.

    The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, king was apparently murdered, some said with a red hot poker, in Berkeley CastleBrutal, intelligent, passionate, profligate, imaginative and violent Sir Roger Mortimer was an extraordinary character It is not surprising that the queen lost her heart to him Nor is it surprising that his contemporaries were terrified of him But until now no one has appreciated the full evil genius of the man This first biography reveals not only the man s career as a feudal lord, a governor of Ireland, a rebel leader and a dictator of England but also the truth of what happened that night in Berkeley Castle."/>
  • Paperback
  • 324 pages
  • The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, Ruler of England 1327-1330
  • Ian Mortimer
  • English
  • 06 January 2019
  • 0099552221

About the Author: Ian Mortimer

AKA James ForresterDr Ian Traitor: The PDF É Mortimer is a historian and novelist, best known for his Time Traveller s Guides series He has BA, MA, PhD and DLitt degrees from the University of The Greatest PDF/EPUB ² Exeter and UCL He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and was awarded the Alexander Prize by the Royal Historical Society in Greatest Traitor: The eBook ↠ Home for him and his family is the small Dartmoor town of Moretonhampstead, which he occasioanlly introduces in his books He also writes in other genres his last novel The Outcasts of Time won the Winston Graham Prize for historical fiction His trilogy of novels set in the s were published under his middle names, James Forrester His most recent book is Why Running Matters a memoir of running in the year he turned fifty He also writes songs a CD entitled Dr Ian Mortimer s Comedies, Histories Tragedies is available and a second CD, Autumn Songs, is in preparation.



10 thoughts on “The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, Ruler of England 1327-1330

  1. Orsolya Orsolya says:

    When one thinks of a scandalous love affair in English monarchial history the immediate response is Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII Believe it or not, a century prior, a similar indignity played out in medieval England but with a queen taking the lead The queen Queen Isabella, consort to King Edward II and the lover being the infamous Roger Mortimer Although Queen Isabella has received plenty of attention dubbed the She Wolf , she is either loved or hated Mortimer has failed to be the f When one thinks of a scandalous love affair in English monarchial history the immediate response is Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII Believe it or not, a century prior, a similar indignity played out in medieval England but with a queen taking the lead The queen Queen Isabella, consort to King Edward II and the lover being the infamous Roger Mortimer Although Queen Isabella has received plenty of attention dubbed the She Wolf , she is either loved or hated Mortimer has failed to be the focus of a full volume Historian Ian Mortimer no relation attempts to remedy this in, The Greatest Traitor The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer Ruler of England 1327 1330 Mortimer s The Greatest Traitor is an ambitious piece meshing together a biography portrait of the life of Roger Mortimer with an analysis of the events surrounding the rise and fall of Edward II, Mortimer alleged affair with Queen Isabella, and Roger s own eventual demise Due to the lack of conclusive source material, much of The Greatest Traitor especially in the early chapters, isof a background look at Roger Mortimer s environment and upbringing in relation to the political atmosphere In fact, a majority of the content is too politically charged and can be deemed as slow moving to those readers not as interested in such material This results in a piece that appears to leave Roger under a shroud of mystery in terms of his inner workings and psyche and is thereforecircumstantial That being said, Mortimer s research is mind blowingly extensive and the amount of information regarding the time period presented in The Greatest Traitor is truly amazing putting the reader on the front lines in an illustrative and accessible way The events bounce off the pages evoking emotion almost as though Mortimer experienced them first hand while he was penning the pages Also notable, is the absence of biases on Mortimer s behalf The incredible amount of sleuth work conducted by Mortimer could have led to a personal bias but Mortimer eschewed opinions and never pushed a specific angle on the pages of The Greatest Traitor One of the strongest characteristics of The Greatest Traitor is the inclusion of content and documents that are new even to those familiar with the subject This is also expressed through Mortimer s investigation of the theory exposing King Edward II s murder as a hoax The death of King Edward II is a generally accepted one and is thus quite lofty of Mortimer to explore such a lesser traversed terrain The issue with this is that Mortimer declares this theory to be fact and truth but doesn t readily back this up with concise reasoning Mortimer revisits this topic in an afterword and as will I.The same can be said of the chapters discussing Queen Isabella s rud pregnancy with Roger Mortimer basically states this as an undisputable truth but the explanations are flimsy and weak at best.The pace of The Greatest Traitor naturally quickens when exploring the rise and fall of Roger s power Even though Roger s private thoughts are not broken down readers do understand the man on an intimate level by diving into his actions, actions, accounts, household ledgers, etc Mortimer s piece by piece assembling of the bigger puzzle picture is extraordinary and truly offers an enlightened illumination The concluding chapters of The Greatest Traitor focus on King Edward III s growing distaste toward Roger and his consequential downfall Although a riveting subject, Mortimer s former extensive breakdown of historical material is absent and the ending The Greatest Traitor is rushed and abrupt leaving some unanswered questions This doesn t logically make sense with the rest of the book and makes for a weak finality After the Epilogue, Mortimer re examines the theory of the faux death of King Edward II attempting to prove its merit Sadly, the presentation is still inconclusive with bare bone evidence and doesn t offer jaw dropping reading material However, it is remarkable of Mortimer to offer this material in the first place in the context of it not being readily discussed elsewhere Mortimer rounds up The Greatest Traitor with an Afterword, Annotated Notes, an itinerary of the whereabouts of Roger Mortimer during his lifetime, a listing of Roger s offspring, genealogical tables, and a bibliography Missing from the text are some photo color plates which would have addedspark to the pages The Greatest Traitor is a passionately researched piece, highly focused on detective work Although lacking credibility at some parts Mortimer is minimal on biases or speculation, unearths new information, and reveals a man often mentioned but never on an entire spectrum The Greatest Traitor is readable, intriguing on the whole although highly politically focused , and recommended for all readers interested in medieval England, Queen Isabella, King Edward II, and King Edward III

  2. happy happy says:

    In this book, Professor Mortimer has done his usual excellent job of telling a medieval tale In looking at the life of Roger Mortimer, the author tells us how Edward II turned probably his ablest military commander into his greatest enemy who ultimately became Edward s wife s, Isabella, lover and consort.Roger is one of the fascinating characters that inhabit medieval history Born in the Welch Marches, he rose to be Edward s Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and most successful commander Unfortunate In this book, Professor Mortimer has done his usual excellent job of telling a medieval tale In looking at the life of Roger Mortimer, the author tells us how Edward II turned probably his ablest military commander into his greatest enemy who ultimately became Edward s wife s, Isabella, lover and consort.Roger is one of the fascinating characters that inhabit medieval history Born in the Welch Marches, he rose to be Edward s Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and most successful commander Unfortunately he controlled land that Edward s favorites, the DeSpencers, wanted and when he fought back, Edward had him arrested for treason and locked up in the Tower of London Just before the ax was to fall, Roger escapes from the Tower and flees to France There he becomes Edward s estranged Queen s lover and with her plots to depose Edward.In tracing Roger s rise, Dr Mortimer also looks at the reign of Edward II He looks at the problems his favorite, Hugh DeSpencer the Younger caused These problems led to the rebellion of his leading nobles including the King s cousin, the Earl of Lancaster and Mortimer Upon the defeat of the rebellion, Roger was imprisoned in the Tower and the story of escape is one of the highlights of the book.In telling the story of Mortimer and Isabella s relationship, Mortimer also tells the story of their conquest of England and Mortimer s subsequent assumption of power This was all in the name of Edward and Isabella s son the future Edward III After deposing Edward II, Mortimer ruled England in Edward III s name However he made many of the same mistakes the DeSpencers made and when Edward III came of age was deposed in turn and hanged in 1330, three years after coming to power.Dr Mortimer also looks at the fate of Edward II He is the first English medieval king to be deposed and is traditionally thought to have been killed on Mortimer s orders at Berkeley Castle in 1327 view spoiler The author takes issue first with the method by which Edward was killed a hot poker inserted into his rectum, and then if he was killed at all He concludes that if Edward did die at Berkeley is wasn t by the poker Howeber his ultimate conclusion is that he did not die at Berkeley, but survived as an itinerant monk in Lombardy until sometime between 1339 1341 hide spoiler All in all this is a very readable look at Roger Mortimer and the hubris and ambition that took him to the heights of power in medieval England It is a solid 4 star read

  3. Pete daPixie Pete daPixie says:

    Another 5 star biography from Ian Mortimer I read The Perfect King , published in 2004, recently, and have now devoured The Greatest Traitor , published in 2003 So I ve gone against the chronology of history and the authors work.I can t recommend Ian Mortimer s two books highly enough The picture that has come down the centuries of Roger Mortimer as the power hungry traitor is shown here to be a very shallow understanding of the man.The Mortimer was a feudal lord simply caught up in the rui Another 5 star biography from Ian Mortimer I read The Perfect King , published in 2004, recently, and have now devoured The Greatest Traitor , published in 2003 So I ve gone against the chronology of history and the authors work.I can t recommend Ian Mortimer s two books highly enough The picture that has come down the centuries of Roger Mortimer as the power hungry traitor is shown here to be a very shallow understanding of the man.The Mortimer was a feudal lord simply caught up in the ruinous reign of Edward II and his favourites , firstly Piers Gaveston and then Hugh Despenser.Roger Mortimer s testosterone adrenelin fuelled life and career beats any Hollywood Errol Flynn character Merely a baron s son, he fought at Bannockburn, rose to Lieutenant and defeated the Bruce faction in Ireland Forced by the machinations of Despenser, he became a rebel, which ended with him incarcerated in the Tower of London In the nick of time, before the nick of an axe, he escaped, to be an exile in France He returns, as the lover of Edward s estranged Queen Isabella, and leads the first successful invasion of England since The Conqueror.If all that isn t enoughthat is when this fantastic story really takes off, with a medieval conspiracy theory of the deposed Edward II to beat them all The hidden truths are expertly laid before the reader with regard to the chronicles accounts of what happened at Berkeley Castle and after.The final climax comes with Roger Mortimer caught in a Catch 22 Unable to relinquish his hold on the centre of government, as protector of Edward III, fighting everdesperately to cling onto the reins of power, his Queen and his secrets.Perhaps I should have read Ian Mortimers two books in the correct order Either way they are both compulsive, unrelenting page turners

  4. Tim Phillips Tim Phillips says:

    I like Ian Mortimer as an author, he writes with authority, and has a way of keeping the readers attention, although you can t really go wrong with a life of Sir Roger Mortimer Interesting chap to say the least Knight of the realm, is imprisoned in, and then escapes from the tower of London, shacks up with the kings estranged wife, invades the country, deposes the king and arranges his death or not, as the author is one of a growing group of historians who think that Edward II actually surviv I like Ian Mortimer as an author, he writes with authority, and has a way of keeping the readers attention, although you can t really go wrong with a life of Sir Roger Mortimer Interesting chap to say the least Knight of the realm, is imprisoned in, and then escapes from the tower of London, shacks up with the kings estranged wife, invades the country, deposes the king and arranges his death or not, as the author is one of a growing group of historians who think that Edward II actually survived , but then ends up getting hanged by the king s son And people say that history is dull

  5. Lindz Lindz says:

    Mortimer was always going to have go that extra mile of horribleness for me to hate this book Maybe if he had written in a James Patterson flatness mixed with a Stephanie Meyer style that had Queen Isabella sitting across from Roger Mortimer sulking about who loved who the most, I may have thrown this book at a wall But lets be honest writing that badly about this kind of story would have taken too much effort The story of Roger Mortimer, Queen Isabella and poor Edward II is pure exquisite Mortimer was always going to have go that extra mile of horribleness for me to hate this book Maybe if he had written in a James Patterson flatness mixed with a Stephanie Meyer style that had Queen Isabella sitting across from Roger Mortimer sulking about who loved who the most, I may have thrown this book at a wall But lets be honest writing that badly about this kind of story would have taken too much effort The story of Roger Mortimer, Queen Isabella and poor Edward II is pure exquisite narrative It has everything you could want, the high Knight turned traitor then corrupt politician, the spirited vengeful Queen and her adulterous affair with said corrupt Knight, the weak King who could not hold on to his Kingdom with the whiff of pretty favourites whispering in his ear The young Prince having to make the decision to stand on his own two feet and rule England in his own right Power, sex, revenge, love, murder, love and greed, seriously whatcould a person want Roger Mortimer is an enigmatic figure in Medieval history, but beautifully fascinating Mortimer was able to track the motivations of all the players beautifully I could read about this period of Edward II reign over and over again, each character throws everything into a different light, and even though this was a biography on Roger Mortimer, the author Mortimer understands this completely.I am complete history nut, and this biography was like finding the good pure stuff It made me dizzy with happiness

  6. Lene Lene says:

    This book gives a pretty good impression of 14th century aristocratic England by following the life story of one extraordinary man The author uses the book as a vehicle for sometimes very daring theses The central thesis, that Roger Mortimer did not kill king Edward II as had been historical consensus for centuries, is introduced somewhat offhandedly and only substantiated in the last chapter This makes seem much of the last third of the book seem pretty far out on a limb, but good evidence f This book gives a pretty good impression of 14th century aristocratic England by following the life story of one extraordinary man The author uses the book as a vehicle for sometimes very daring theses The central thesis, that Roger Mortimer did not kill king Edward II as had been historical consensus for centuries, is introduced somewhat offhandedly and only substantiated in the last chapter This makes seem much of the last third of the book seem pretty far out on a limb, but good evidence for it is given in the final chapter.I cannot finish without one quote though, which shows the author s twisted understanding of love and view of women though There is no reason to doubt that Roger did love Isabella deeply, as shown by his blurted out threat to kill her if she returned to her husband in 1325 Ian Mortimer writes engagingly and in deep detail about historical events and circumstances, but having read two of his books I don t think I need to read another one

  7. Brian Brian says:

    I enjoyed reading this book Ian Mortimer s prose is never dry or tedious, and he makes the best possible case for Roger Mortimer Plenty of interest along the way, and the book complements Kathryn Warner s excellent book on Edward II, giving as it were the other side of the coin I was surprised by how good a servant Mortimer had been to Edward II up until the rise of Hugh Despenser, after which all bets were off.If I have a criticism it is that certain inconvenient facts are left out notably I enjoyed reading this book Ian Mortimer s prose is never dry or tedious, and he makes the best possible case for Roger Mortimer Plenty of interest along the way, and the book complements Kathryn Warner s excellent book on Edward II, giving as it were the other side of the coin I was surprised by how good a servant Mortimer had been to Edward II up until the rise of Hugh Despenser, after which all bets were off.If I have a criticism it is that certain inconvenient facts are left out notably the shameful treatment of the innocent Despenser children.However, make no mistake, this is a book well worth reading, especially if you want a deeper and better understanding of Roger Mortimer.It is interesting that Ian Mortimer concurs with the view that Edward II survived his alleged murder indeed a very good examination of the facts will be found here less

  8. Autumn Autumn says:

    If you are into detailed accounts of medieval history, this is excellent The author has done so much research and found new evidence that changes the story we know of Edward II The author s style is easy and entertaining This book makes you think of Mortimer and Isabella in awell rounded way without excusing their behaviors and actions.

  9. Anna Spark Anna Spark says:

    Well written, interesting, and fair on both Mortimer and Edward II whom I ve always had a bit of a soft spot for as a result of the Jarmen film until spiller alert we get to the conspiracy theory about Edward II surviving as a pilgrim in Italy.

  10. Bruce Bruce says:

    George Martin s GOT has nothing on this real life game of thrones Fascinating story.

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