The remarkable and inspiring story of one of the greatest warrior-princes of the Middle Agesand an unforgettably vivid portrait of warfare and chivalry in the fourteen century.
As a child he was given his own suit of armor; at the age of sixteen, he helped defeat the French at Crécy. At Poitiers, in 1356, his victory over King John II of France forced the French into a humiliating surrender that marked the zenith of England’s dominance in the Hundred Years War. As lord of Aquitaine, he ruled a vast swathe of territory across the west and southwest of France, holding a magnificent court at Bordeaux that mesmerized the brave but unruly Gascon nobility and drew them like moths to the flame of his cause.
He was Edward of Woodstock, eldest son of Edward III, and better known to posterity as “the Black Prince.” His military achievements captured the imagination of Europe: heralds and chroniclers called him “the flower of all chivalry” and “the embodiment of all valor.”
But what was the true nature of the man behind the chivalric myth, and of the violent but pious world in which he lived? This exemplary new historyuses contemporary chronicles plus a wide range of documentary materialincluding the Prince's own letters and those of his closest followersto tell the tale of an authentic English hero and to paint a memorable portrait of society in the tumultuous fourteenth century.
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About the Author
Michael Jones,author ofBosworth 1485,is a military historian, battlefield tour-guide, and documentary film presenter. He is the co-author ofThe Women of the Cousins’ WarandThe King's Grave: The Search for Richard III. He lives in England.
Table of Contents
A Note on Nomenclature, Currency and Sources vii
Image Credits x
List of Maps xi
Chapter 1 A Realm Divided 7
Chapter 2 The Vision 43
Chapter 3 Initiation 79
Chapter 4 Beauty and the Beast 109
Chapter 5 The Great Raid 149
Chapter 6 Poitiers 181
Chapter 7 Prince of Aquitaine 229
Chapter 8 The Spanish Adventure 279
Chapter 9 Fortune's Wheel 317
Chapter 10 Limoges 343
Chapter 11 A Dwindling Flame 375
Appendix: Black Propaganda and the Sack of Limoges 405