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The Black Prince

By (author) David Green
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Imprint: NPI Media Group
Published: 1st Sep 2001
Dimensions: w 174mm h 248mm d 11mm
Weight: 390g
ISBN-10: 0752419897
ISBN-13: 9780752419893
Barcode No: 9780752419893

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Kirkus UK
Historians' views of Edward the Black Prince, eldest son of Edward III and hero of the battles of Crecy and Poitiers, have ebbed and flowed with the centuries. In Victorian times he was admired for his chivalry and single-minded determination to extend the boundaries of empire. 20th-century writers weren't so sure. They saw him as a Hitler of the late Middle Ages who loved children and dogs but massacred his way to glory. Now, in the first biography of Edward for nearly 25 years, David Green reassesses all the evidence and concludes that we can't really judge this larger-than-life character by the standards of our own age. He was a royal warrior and adventurer who behaved very much as people of the time were expected to behave. That is, he could be generous and compassionate, he regarded honour as a great virtue, but he also allowed no one to get in his way when it came to pursuing his ambitions. If that meant burning half of France, then no one but the French was likely to think it much of an outrage. Green gets into the soul of this enigmatic 14th-century warrior in a way that doesn't prejudge either the man or his actions. We are shown what motivated him and can identify with many of his problems. There are also many what-ifs. What if he had lived beyond the age of 46 and become King of England? What if he hadn't indulged in quite so many violent actions against the French? It is just possible that Britain might still have ruled parts of France today. A lecturer in mediaeval history at Trinity College, Dublin, Green gives a fair and balanced view of the Black Prince and does so in a lively and accessible style. A biography well worth waiting for. (Kirkus UK)