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Life of Edward the Black Prince

Louise Creighton

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Edward the Black Prince was the eldest son of King Edward III of England. He commanded the vanguard at the Battle of Crécy and, skillfully deploying his troops, defeated a much larger French force at the Battle of Poitiers. In this short biography, Louise Creighton sets Edward's life within the context of his times and portrays both the bright and the dark sides of this paragon of chivalry.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .From Cöln he proceeded up the Rhine, his whole way being marked by continual festivities. At Bonn he stopped with one of the canons of the Cathedral, at Andemach with the Franciscans, and finally, on the 31st August, he reached Coblentz, where the German Diet was assembled. The Emperor received him in state in the market-place, seated on a throne twelve feet high, and by his side, though a little lower, was a seat for Edward. Around them stood a brilliant assembly; four of the electors were there, and wore the insignia of their rank. One of the nobles, as representative of the Duke of Brabant, held a naked sword high over the Emperor's head; 17,000 knights and gentlemen are said to have been present. In the presence of this imposing gathering Edward III. was created Vicar of the Empire for the west bank of the Rhine. In spite of this journey he obtained nothing from the Emperor but this empty title. On his return to Flanders he was so short of money that he had to pawn t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Some history books tend to wander off-topic. This one is seldom on-topic.

While I’m interested in Edward III and other people featured in this tome, I read it specifically because it claimed to be about the Black Prince. It’s not “about” him, but the times he lived in, as well as going into the first

Very Interesting

This book is clearly an older one. The notion of historical scholarship has changed slightly, but it was a good biographical sketch if nothing else. Not good if you have very little back ground in English history.