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Known as “Longshanks” for his extraordinary height, 23GGF Edward, son of King Henry III, was a strong-willed, militaristic king who succeeded in subduing Wales but failed to conquer Scotland. He made significant changes to feudal law, strengthening both the Crown and Parliament at the cost of the old nobility and gaining the appellation “the English Justinian” thereby.

Edward was our 23GGF. I got this portrait (and the text above) from Medieval History; they acknowledge Cassell’s History of England - Century Edition, published c. 1902, as their public-domain source for the image.

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