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Edward III is back in fashion. Since the 1950s there has been a revolution in historical thinking that has restored Edward – who reigned from 1327 to 1377 – to the reputation he enjoyed in the days of Henry V and Henry VIII. Recent biographers have cast him as the very model of medieval monarchy: "the perfect king" and "Edward the Great".

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