The Black Prince (Paperback)
England?s Greatest Medieval Warrior
Pegasus Books, 9781643132297, 488pp.
Publication Date: September 10, 2019
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The remarkable story of one of the greatest warror-princes of the Middle Ages—and an unforgettable vivid portrait of warfare and chivalry in the fourteenth 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?
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Praise For The Black Prince: England?s Greatest Medieval Warrior…
Jones brings the Middle Ages—and one of England's greatest knights—to life. Thrillingly dives into the 100 Years' War and its shining star, Edward the Black Prince. A strong biography of a man who has inspired great love across the ages—a must for shelves and collections devoted to medieval times.
With a knack for storytelling, Jones describes how England’s Edward of Woodstock embodied the idealized chivalrous warrior prince. Jones’s accounts of Prince Edward’s military prowess shine with clear explanations of military movements and strategy. A strong portrait.
Engaging. History buffs and readers with a penchant for larger-than-life personalities will find this read extremely worthwhile.
The Black Prince is one of the great romantic heroes of the Hundred Years War, and in Michael Jones he has a worthy biographer. This is a clear-eyed and thrilling vision of the man behind the legend and a splendid introduction to one of the most fascinating periods in medieval history.
Michael Jones superbly brings to life the campaigns and battles which made the Black Prince's name. The hero and the villain were one man and Jones does justice to this complexity.
Splendid. Jones convincingly argues that Edward should not be too readily condemned. Written with great skill and lightly worn erudition and sure to enthrall a wide audience.