The Black Prince: England's Greatest Medieval Warrior

The Black Prince: England's Greatest Medieval Warrior

by Michael Jones

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Overview

The remarkable and inspiring story of one of the greatest warrior-princes of the Middle Ages—and 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 material—including the Prince's own letters and those of his closest followers—to tell the tale of an authentic English hero and to paint a memorable portrait of society in the tumultuous fourteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681777412
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 488
Sales rank: 121,895
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

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

Timeline xvii

Prologue 1

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

Epilogue 399

Appendix: Black Propaganda and the Sack of Limoges 405

Notes 409

Bibliography 430

ACknowledgements 442

Index 444

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