Edward III and His Family

  title={Edward III and His Family},
  author={W. Mark Ormrod},
  journal={The Journal of British Studies},
  pages={398 - 422}
  • W. M. Ormrod
  • Published 1 October 1987
  • History
  • The Journal of British Studies
The chroniclers and poets of the later Middle Ages credited Edward III with many successes, among which the production of a large family rated highly. The king had a total of twelve children, of whom no fewer than nine—five sons and four daughters—survived to maturity (fig. 1). Historians have not always been enthusiastic about the generous provisions made for this large family. Edward's very fecundity, viewed by fourteenth-century writers as a sure sign of God's grace, has been seen as a… 

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