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Edward, Prince of Wales and Aquitaine: A Biography of the Black Prince (Sutton History Classics) Richard Barber(Author)

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Original name book: Edward, Prince of Wales and Aquitaine: A Biography of the Black Prince (Sutton History Classics)

Pages: 298

Language: English

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd (December 31, 1978)

By: Richard Barber(Author)

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Edward, Prince of Wales and Aquitaine, known as the Black Prince, is one of the legendary figures of English history-the victor of three great battles and a model pf chivalry and courtesy. Based on official records, particularly of Edward's own household and of those who campaigned with him, this work aims to get behind the familiar splendid vision of chivalry to reveal the realities of his character and of the life that he led. Special attention has been paid not only to the confusing and confused accounts of the great battles, but also to the prince's early years, the close companions who contributed so greatly to his success, and his government of Aquitane-an obscure but important part of his career. The author also seeks to correct a number of minor but persistent errors in earlier histories, deriving from Froissart, and examines how the legend of the Black Prince - including his curious nickname-came into being.

Richard Harber ia an academic and publisher. His other books include The Arthurian Legends, King Arthur:Hero and Legend, Tournaments, The Penguin Guide to Medieval Europe and The Knight and Chivalry, winner of the Somerset Maugham ward.

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Customer Reviews
  • By Joseph on March 18, 2007

    If you're looking for an upbeat, easy-to-read history of Prince Edward, look elsewhere. This is definitely NOT the book for you.If you are looking for a book that details the life of a great leader, and digs deeply into the machinations behind the events of his times, this is definitely the book to get.So, point of the review: Armchair historians beware! This is a deep, quite dry history of the Black Prince.

  • By Lucas Gabriel Viapiana on November 21, 2013

    It came in the right time, it's nice product, it has no problems, so i feel very satisfied with it.

  • By Douglas E. Libert on July 25, 2008

    A just too tough act to follow.Only 16 at the time of Crecy 1346,the Black Prince (son of Edward III)distinguishes himself during the defeat of the allied French forces.The book focuses heavily on Edward,the Black Prince's military campaigns,which were mainly in western Europe with no Crusade to the middle east despite the Pope's (machiavellian?)urgings. Edward is called the Back Prince according to Barber because of the color of his armour and discredits other interpretations of the prince's name.Some interpretations describe him as dark and swarthy and others as having a dark demeanor when engaged in combat.Was the paint on his armour a lead based black?(my observation)If so there could be another interpretation of his "black moods" to be discredited.I have however on numerous occasions seen armor that was black without painting due to the smelting process and not polished.Was the black prince showing his rough cut by wearing unpolished armor?Barber uses the Froissart source alot for his information but uses an abundance of primary sources as well. The prince comes off in Barbers' book as a "son of honor",no plots here to usurp the throne of Edward his father or discredit any of his brothers or sisters.The Black Prince is just having too good a time at crushing Englands enemies.He seems naive insisting that his father,Edward the third, is also the rightful "King of France".The Crecy and Poitier campaigns are covered with some small maps and some of his lesser known military exploits are also covered.In his last European campaign he is carried into danger by a litter due to dystentary(or black paint chips?).(my own misinterpretation).At 46 he is literally dead in the saddle,an act never to be repeated on this planet.Whether you praise him as a heroic figure or curse him as another mad warhound,this book describes him well.Either way I'm sure his mother was proud of him.The Prince married at 31 and his first born was sacrificed to the wars in Europe. Like a retired number of a superstar sports hero,maybe the title "Prince of Wales" needs to be retired.Who would want that burden? Also there is a few pages devoted to the military order,"The Order of the Garter" which was founded by the Prince's father Edward the third.I had always thought the garter was not a ladies garter but something lost in translation.I was wrong.It is actually a ladies garter,could it be a dare?"I dare you strike me after all I'm wearing a ladies garter?Try your luck.Anyways The Garter is on of those"English things",you get it or you don't.

  • By Mary S. Tetrick on January 19, 2009

    Not a lot was known about Edward, the Black Prince from the medieval period in both France and his native England. He seems to have been a larger than life character, warring with everyone but so close to his god and his wife. His son Richard was definitely cut from the same cloth as his father was. I wonder why a movie has not been made of the Black Prince' life? If they could make a movie from William Wallace like Bravehart then they could make a movie about this prince.

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