The Black Prince

The Black Prince

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A major new biography of the Black Prince. 'A clear-eyed and thrilling vision of the man behind the legend' DAN JONES.
'Pacy, vivid and extremely readable' TLS.

In 1346, at the age of sixteen, he won his spurs at Crecy; nine years later he conducted a brutal raid across Languedoc; in 1356 he captured the king of France at Poitiers; as lord of Aquitaine he ruled a vast swathe of southwestern France. He was Edward of Woodstock, eldest son of Edward III, but better known to posterity as 'the Black Prince'.

Michael Jones tells the remarkable story of a great warrior-prince - and paints an unforgettable portrait of warfare and chivalry in the late Middle Ages.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 41mm | 780g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8pp illus
  • 1784972932
  • 9781784972936
  • 345,085

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'The author is set on uncovering the man behind the myth of the Black Prince. It is an endeavour in which he largely succeeds, convincingly portraying the Prince as an exemplary military commander who is undeserving of the bad reputation he has received ... This book will undoubtedly become the first port of call for anyone interested in the Black Prince for years to come' Royal Studies Journal. 'Essential reading for those who prefer fact to fantasy' Historical Novel Society. 'A fascinating biography of England's greatest king that never was ... Jones brings to life the achievements of a man whose contemporary popular appeal has been dimmed by time' BBC History Magazine Book of the Year (2017). 'Pacy, vivid and extremely readable, Jones's book [...] will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers, but its extensive research and questioning approach also make it an important work for specialists to consult' TLS. 'A thoroughly riveting biography of Edward of Woodstock' Military History Monthly. 'A gripping read; it has that 'just one more chapter' quality that keeps you going late into the night ... A compelling and humane portrait of a medieval warrior, bringing the Black Prince and his world triumphantly to life' David Santiuste. 'Offers a thoughtful, rounded picture of a man who led not solely by virtue of birth, but through personality and achievement, too' The Tablet. 'Michael Jones researches as a historian but writes as a novelist. His characters are fresh and realistic ... Even readers who know nothing of this period of history will be captured by this warm and lively portrait of the Black Prince' Philippa Gregory. 'Sure to enlighten and entertain thanks to the author's use of new archival research and his pacy, atmospheric writing style' History Revealed. 'Fascinating ... restores one of our great heroes to his rightful position' Daily Mail. 'Get to know the heir of Edward III in all his guises in this accomplished volume' Historical Trips UK. 'Splendid ... Jones convincingly argues that Edward should not be too readily condemned [...] with great skill and lightly worn erudition ... Will enthral a wide audience' Spectator. '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' The Times. 'Jones has done an excellent job ... It is not easy to make somebody so far back in history really come alive, but this book has pulled it off extremely well. It is supplemented with several pages of maps, battle plans and a detailed timeline' The Bookbag. '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' Dan Jones. 'It is not often that a work of medieval history provokes a news story in the Daily Mail' The Oldie. 'Pacy, vivid and extremely readable ... its extensive research and questioning approach also make it an important work for specialists to consult' TLS.
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About Michael Jones

Michael Jones is a writer, battlefield tour guide and media presenter. He is the co-author, with Philippa Gregory and David Baldwin, of The Women of the Cousins' War; and, with Philippa Langley, of The King's Grave: The Search for Richard III.
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296 ratings
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4 51% (150)
3 19% (57)
2 3% (10)
1 1% (4)
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