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The Black Prince

Narrated by: Hamilton McLeod
Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
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Summary

A major new biography of the Black Prince. 

In 1346, at the age of 16, he won his spurs at Crécy; 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.

©2020 Michael Jones (P)2020 Booktrack

Critic reviews

"Pacy, vivid and extremely readable...its extensive research and questioning approach also make it an important work for specialists to consult.” (TLS)

"It is not often that a work of medieval history provokes a news story in the Daily Mail." (The Oldie)

"This book will undoubtedly become the first port of call for anyone interested in the Black Prince for years to come." (Royal Studies Journal)

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Wonderful book, poor narrator

The book itself is excellent and recounts the life of the Black prince well, drawing on interesting and exiting aspects of the period. It successfully rehabilitates the Prince’s reputation and is well worth a read/listen. The audiobook is slightly spoiled by the narrator whose pronunciation of many words is very poor. He will pronounce the same place or person name in several different ways, making it confusing who he is referring to. The narration is full of sloppy malapropisms and even well known names/everyday words are badly mispronounced or muddled. The expression of dates like ‘nine August’ instead of ‘the ninth of August’ is also jarring and comes up frequently due to the historical nature of the book. Worth a listen despite the narrator but reading the physical book may be less confusing/frustrating.

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Bkack Prince rises again!

Initially found the narrator ponderous but as time went by I warmed to him. The account compliments Alison Weirs Isabella She Wolf of France. I listened to the latter and was inspired to listen to Michael Jones book.