Edward I of England

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Edward I

Edward I (17/18 June 1239 – 7 July 1307), also known as Edward Longshanks and the Hammer of the Scots, was King of England from 1272 to 1307. Before his accession to the throne, he was commonly referred to as The Lord Edward.


  • The laws the Irish use are detestable to God, and so contrary to all law that they ought not to be deemed law.
    • Speech (1277), quoted in Marc Morris, A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain (2009), p. 220

Quotes about Edward I[edit]

  • Perhaps he will be rightly called a leopard. If we divide the name it becomes lion and pard; lion, because we saw that he was not slow to attack the strongest places, fearing the onslaught of none. ... A lion by pride and fierceness, he is by inconstancy and changeableness a pard, changing his word and promise, cloaking himself by pleasant speech.
    • The Song of Lewes (c. 1264), quoted in English Historical Documents, 1189–1327 (1975), p. 936
  • Edwardus Primus Scotorum Malleus hic est, 1308. Pactum Serva
    • Here is Edward the First, Hammer of the Scots, 1308. Keep the Vow.
    • Inscribed on his tomb in Westminster Abbey, quoted in Michael Prestwich, Edward I (1997), p. 566
  • Of chivalry, after king Arthur,
    Was king Edward the flower of Christendom.
    He was so handsome and great, so powerful in arms,
    That of him may one speak as long as the world lasts.
    For he had no equal as a knight in armour
    For vigour and valour, neither present nor future.
    • Peter Langtoft, quoted in The Chronicle of Pierre de Langtoft, in French Verse, from the Earliest Period to the Death of King Edward I, Vol. II, ed. Thomas Wright (1868), p. 381
  • On the 21st September [1274] Burnell was made Chancellor. From that date, and with the able assistance of that minister, began the series of legal reforms which have gained for Edward the title of the English Justinian; a title which, if it be meant to denote the importance and permanence of his legislation and the dignity of his position in legal history, no Englishman will dispute.
    • William Stubbs, The Constitutional History of England, Volume II (1875), p. 105

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