"A painstakingly researched and highly readable account. Vivid details and an engaging narrative style bring the man and his period to life. Highly recommended for scholars and generalists alike interested in the Middle Ages."
– Library Journal (starred)
"Enhanced with color and b&w photos, a list of abbreviations, chapter notes, a bibliography, Family Trees, and a comprehensive index, A Great And Terrible King is an extraordinary read and highly recommended for both community and academic library collections."
– Midwest Book Review
"Morris expertly puts Edward’s achievements, such as the Model Parliament, into historical context while laying bare—and making interesting—the king’s struggles. Descriptions of Edward waging war in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and even Gascony maintain a level of excitement as Morris cleverly builds anticipation, never dropping a narrative thread."
– Publishers Weekly
"A splendid example of the genre. An excellent, readable account of his reign."
– The Literary Review
"Morris does a splendid job of distinguishing England, Scotland and Wales in geographic, topographic, political and cultural terms. His descriptions of battles, political shenanigans and betrayals are as clear as a bell and his enthusiasm for his subject helps to make this biography something of a page turner."
– The Providence Journal
"Uncommonly good. Edward was a remarkable man, and a great king. Marc Morris does him justice. It’s compelling stuff."
– Allan Massie, bestselling author of 'The Royal Stuarts'
"An informative and easily digestible account of the life of an important if often unattractive medieval monarch."
"Richly contextual treatment of a pivotal Medieval English monarch. An elucidating biography."
"Marc Morris is historical biography’s newest star."
– The Bookseller
"The title of Marc Morris’ book is apt. No king of England had a greater impact on the peoples of Britain than Edward I. Morris has succeeded in writing a book for today."
– The Times Literary Supplement