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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Richard Barber's biography of this leading figure of the medieval period has dominated the field since it was first published, covering all aspects of the Black Prince's life and military career. Son of Edward III, and father of Richard II, Edward the Black Prince was one of the most successful English commanders in the Hundred Years War, who won victories on the battlefie ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 25th 2003 by Sutton Publishing (first published 1978)
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Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More readable than Goodman's JOHN OF GAUNT, fewer specific data. Richard Barber complains that there is very little to tell the character of Prince Edward -- since he isn't relying on Froissart for good and sufficient reasons. He does point out that the best-known personal stories about Prince Edward weren't mentioned until long after the prince's death. That's the story of his massacre of Limoges, which Barber dismisses as unbased propaganda; and the title The Black Prince, which doesn't show u ...more
May 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome! Richard Barber is an excellent, well studied historian who writes with a great impartial eye. Everything about the Prince is here, with a fair report of his successes and failures. Anyone interested in the life and campaighns of the Black Prince must read this book!
Dec 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book by this renowned historian that I have attempted to read. I found his style of writing awkward in that he jumps around chronologically. I find this very frustrating although typical of many books by historians. He might have included specifics, including dates, locations, payments about Edward, Prince of Wales, but I agree with another reviewer that the material doesn't shed any real light on the Prince's character. One doesn't get the sense of who he was as a man. It was ...more
A book I read a page or two at a time - I appreciated the background it gave on the Black Prince, but it was quite dry most of the time. It dovetailed nicely with Timeline as it was during the same war.
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Richard William Barber (born 1941) is a prominent British historian who has been writing and publishing in the field of medieval history and literature ever since his student days. He has specialised in the Arthurian legend, beginning with a general survey, Arthur of Albion, in 1961, which is still in print in a