The Black Prince: England's Greatest Medieval Warrior

The Black Prince: England's Greatest Medieval Warrior

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 history uses 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.

Title:The Black Prince: England's Greatest Medieval Warrior
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781681777412
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  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”At six years old he had been created the first duke in English history; at sixteen he had won fame by his bravery at Crecy; at twenty-six he had astounded Europe by capturing King John of France at...

  • Leanda Lisle

    On the morning after the battle of Crecy the sixteen-year old Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales, came across the body of the blind Jean of Luxembourg. He had died in a suicidal charge against the E...

  • Martin

    One of the reasons I chose this book to read were the book’s numerous goods reviews. Unfortunately, most of these reviews were stolen from other reviewers. Some had pictures in their reviews. If any...

  • David Santiuste

    Michael Jones’s most recent book retells the story of Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales, who is better known today as the Black Prince. Raised to be a warrior in the mould of his father, King Edw...

  • Tim O'Neill

    A very readable biography that allows a modern audience to understand the man and his historical context on their own terms. Edward of Woodstock comes across as a complex, decent and comprehensible hu...

  • Ana

    A very detailed, well written and balanced historical account of the life of the Black Prince, son of Edward III. Drawing from many original sources and written in a style both complex and engaging, t...

  • Caidyn (he/him/his)

    This was a very good book! I had kinda hoped for a more social history about him rather than military, but it seems like his whole life was, for the most part, about military. It's very interesting to...

  • Toby

    A comprehensive and gripping account of the life of the man who, quite possibly, personified chivalry (in all its hues) more than any other....

  • William

    An expansive look at medieval life in England and France through the lens of Edward III and The Black Prince....

  • Tracy Ellis

    Worth a read. The first book solely on the Black Prince. The first half is a bit patchy, due to a lack of documentary evidence on his early life, but the second half of the book more than makes up for...