The Life and Campaigns of the Black Prince: from contemporary letters, diaries and chronicles, including Chandos Herald's Life of the Black Prince

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Overview

Edward of Woodstock, eldest son of Edward III, known as the Black Prince, is one of those heroes of history books so impressive as to seem slightly unreal. At sixteen he played a leading part in the fighting at Crécy; at twenty-six he captured the king of France at Poitiers; and eleven years later he restored Pedro of Castile to histhrone at the battle of Najera. His exploits were chronicled by Jean Froissart, but Froissart was writing three or four decades after the events he describes. There are other sources much closer to events, and it is on these that the present volume draws. Most immediate are the reports sent home by the prince's companions-in-arms and his own letters, which graphically convey the hardships and difficulties of campaigning, its dangers and sheer fatigue. These are followed by campaign diaries and the story of Crécy and other exploits of the prince's from Geoffrey le Baker's chronicle (c.1358-60), itself drawing on similar letters and diaries. Finally there is the chronicle of Chandos Herald, which shows the prince as he appeared to an English writer in the 1380s. Each of the sources is discussed in detail in the introductions to the extracts. RICHARD BARBER's books on the age of chivalry include The Knight and Chivalry, Edward Prince of Wales and Aquitaine, King Arthur: Hero and Legend and Arthurian Legends. He has also written the Companion Guide to Gascony and the Dordogne, the background to so many of the Black Prince's exploits, and the Penguin Guide to Medieval Europe.
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An invaluable collection of contemporary source material- we see events through the eyes of the men who made them. TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851154695
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/10/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
1 Campaign Letters: The Crecy Campaign (1346) 13
Bartholomew Burghersh to John Stratford, 17 July 14
The chancellor of St Paul's to his friends in London, 17 July 14
Michael Northburgh, 27 July 14
Bartholomew Burghersh to John Stratford, 29 July 17
Richard Wynkeley, 2 September 18
Edward III to Sir Thomas Lucy, 3 September 20
Michael Northburgh, 4 September 23
2 The Acts of War of Edward III (1346) from Corpus Christi College MS 170 26
3 Geoffrey Le Baker: Chronicle 41
The battle of Crecy 42
The prince at Calais, 1350 45
4 Campaign Letters: The Campaigns of 1355-6 49
Sir John Wingfield to the bishop of Winchester, 23 December 50
Edward prince of Wales to the bishop of Winchester, 25 December 52
Sir John Wingfield to Sir Richard Stafford, 22 January 55
Edward prince of Wales to the mayor, aldermen and commons of London, 22 October 57
5 Geoffrey Le Baker: Chronicle 60
The campaign of 1355 61
The campaign of 1356 and the battle of Poitiers 70
6 Campaign Letters: The Battle of Najera 83
The prince to Joan of Kent 83
7 Chandos Herald: The Life of the Black Prince 84
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