The Life and Campaigns of the Black Prince: From Contemporary Letters, Diaries and Chronicles, Including Chandos Herald's Life of the Black Pri by Richard BarberThe Life and Campaigns of the Black Prince: From Contemporary Letters, Diaries and Chronicles, Including Chandos Herald's Life of the Black Pri by Richard Barber

The Life and Campaigns of the Black Prince: From Contemporary Letters, Diaries and Chronicles…

byRichard Barber

Paperback | July 10, 2002

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Edward of Woodstock, eldest son of Edward III, known as the Black Prince, is one of those heroes of history books so impressive as to seem slightly unreal. At sixteen he played a leading part in the fighting at Crécy; at twenty-six he captured the king of France at Poitiers; and eleven years later he restored Pedro of Castile to histhrone at the battle of Najera. His exploits were chronicled by Jean Froissart, but Froissart was writing three or four decades after the events he describes. There are other sources much closer to events, and it is on these that the present volume draws. Most immediate are the reports sent home by the prince's companions-in-arms and his own letters, which graphically convey the hardships and difficulties of campaigning, its dangers and sheer fatigue. These are followed by campaign diaries and the story of Crécy and other exploits of the prince's from Geoffrey le Baker's chronicle (c.1358-60), itself drawing on similar letters and diaries. Finally there is the chronicle of Chandos Herald, which shows the prince as he appeared to an English writer in the 1380s. Each of the sources is discussed in detail in the introductions to the extracts. RICHARD BARBER's books on the age of chivalry include 'The Knight and Chivalry, Edward Prince of Wales and Aquitaine, King Arthur: Hero and Legend' and 'Arthurian Legends'. He has also written the 'Companion Guide to Gascony and the Dordogne', the background to so many of the Black Prince's exploits, and the 'Penguin Guide to Medieval Europe'.
Title:The Life and Campaigns of the Black Prince: From Contemporary Letters, Diaries and Chronicles…Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.33 inPublished:July 10, 2002Publisher:Boydell & Brewer LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0851154697

ISBN - 13:9780851154695

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Edward of Woodstock, eldest son of Edward III, known since Tudor times as the Black Prince, is one of those heroes of traditional history books so impressive as to seem slightly unreal. The image of this legendary figure was largely created by Jean Froissart, writing some thirty years after the events he describes, who chronicled his exploits from Crecy to Najera -- a remarkable picture of fourteenth-century chivalry as it wanted to see itself. There are however sources much closer to the events, and it is on these that the present volume draws. They include reports sent home by the prince's companions-in-arms, and the prince's own letters, which often give a clear idea of the hardships and difficulties of campaigning, its dangers and sheer fatigue. These are followed by campaign diaries, Geoffrey le Baker's chronicle, and finally with the chronicle of Chandos Herald. Each of the various sources is discussed in detail in the introductions to the extracts.